The Affordable Care Act Currently Insures Almost 13 Million People


Though you might have heard pundits on TV and critics throughout your community expressing concern over some of President Obama’s decisions while in office, one thing is for sure: more Americans have health care coverage in 2016 than ever before.

In fact, in 2013, 14% of US citizens were uninsured. In 2016, that number has dropped to 9%. In addition, according to my colleague Marc Sparks, at the end of enrollment on January 31st of 2016, 12.7 million American citizens had signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Many people also call the Affordable Care Act, Obama Care. The plan opened up to the public in 2014.

-Customers either signed up for health insurance through the Federal website, HealthCare.Gov; or (in certain states and Washington, DC), they signed up on their state’s local health insurance exchanges,
-People were also charged a penalty for not obtaining health insurance.

Though Obama’s signature law was a tad confusing for most people in 2014, most local social security agencies have made efforts to educate the public on how to apply coverage. Some even complete applications for customers as part of food, housing and medical assistance applications.

According to Larry Levitt of the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation, Obama Care isn’t, “the disaster critics thought could make it a talking point on the campaign trail.” In fact, many Americans would have to agree that the success of Obama Care has historical significance for the United States.