U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As GOP plows forward on Obamacare repeal, new data show the nation's uninsured rate hit a record low last year

As GOP plows forward on Obamacare repeal, new data show the nation's uninsured rate hit a record low last year

The nation’s uninsured rate tumbled further last year, hitting the lowest rate on record, according to new government data that underscored what is at stake in the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

In the first nine months of 2016, just 8.8% of Americans lacked health coverage, survey data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.

That was down from 16% in 2010, when President Obama signed the healthcare law, often called Obamacare.

California, which has expanded Medicaid (known as Medi-Cal in the state) and created its own...

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