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Why Fewer People are Buying Health Insurance and Why It is an Opportunity (Guest: Brian Blase)

September 30, 2019

New U.S. Census data shows there are 2 million more Americans not carrying health insurance. A close look at the numbers shows recent reforms to improve access and lower cost are working.

Obamacare was supposed to provide health insurance to 40 million people.  Today, 23 million people are uninsured, 2 million fewer people than in 2017.  What happened?  Blase discusses why people dropped out of the exchanges, and the two groups which were most impacted, the very poor and the middle class who can no longer afford rising premiums.  The Trump administration has introduced 4 reforms that aim to provide health care to the middle class and Blase explains each.

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AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform.
amschieber@heartland.org @HCPolicy