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Gallup releases a new analysis looking at how uninsured rates have changed in each state since the Affordable Care Act, known better as Obamacare. If Democrats were to enact an additional stream of funds to help states make insurance markets less burdensome for low-income residents, the results from Gallup would look somewhat different.
Other findings include:
Two-thirds of the states (15 out of 37) lost their Obamacare marketplaces. Eight of those states are controlled by Republican governors and eight are run by Democratic governors.
Nine out of 10 Medicaid enrollees (99.4%) remain in Medicaid (for now), an increase of 3.4 million since 2014 when the ACA was first passed.
As the repeal law became law, states with Republican governors and state-level GOP elected officials (representing 45% of U.S. residents) lost more coverage than states with Democratic governors (7.2 million), but 14 states lost a lot more coverage than that (representing 31% of U.S. residents).
What’s next: Gallup isn’t singling out which states have experienced more decrease in uninsured rates, but in most of those, the party in power seems to be more affected than those with a Democratic governor. That could make a difference in the election: Alaska had the lowest uninsured rate in 2017 (6.5%) while Louisiana had the highest (20.6%).
The Congressional Budget Office projects that somewhere between 6.6 million and 8.6 million more Americans would gain coverage if the Affordable Care Act weren’t repealed. And unless the law is fixed, it’s going to take a lot to get most of those people covered. CNNMoney also reported that Democrats have the support of 31 out of 35 state insurance commissioners for the “Build Back Better Act.”