U.S. Americans without health insurance 2010-2018

Number of people without health insurance in the United States from 2010 to 2018 (in millions)

by Jennifer Rudden, last edited May 28, 2019
U.S. Americans without health insurance 2010-2018 This statistic contains data on the number of Americans without health insurance coverage from 2010 to 2018. In 2018, approximately 30.4 million people in the United States had no health insurance. The share of Americans without health insurance was steadily decreasing until 2015, but has been increasing since 2017. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 caused this change, because it repealed the individual mandate, which penalized individuals for failing to maintain health coverage.
Americans without health insurance – additional information

Health insurance means that the insurer will either cover or reimburse the policyholder’s medical expenses in exchange for a premium. In the U.S. there are public and private forms of health insurance, as well as social welfare programs such as Medicaid and programs just for veterans such as CHAMPVA. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in 2010, which dramatically reduced the number of uninsured Americans, though there’s still room for improvement. In spite of its success in providing more Americans with health insurance, ACA has had an almost equal number of proponents and opponents since its introduction, though the share of Americans in favor of it has risen since mid-2017.

The number of uninsured people is higher in certain demographic groups. For instance, Hispanics continue to be the ethnic group with the highest rate of uninsured people, even after ACA. Meanwhile the share of uninsured white people is still lower than the national average.
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