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New report shows the number of uninsured in the US grew by 2 million


The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index published a new report Monday that shows that the number of U.S. adults without health insurance has grown by two million this year.

The survey found that the uninsured rate among U.S. adults was 11.7 percent compared with a record low of 10.9 percent at the end of last year. The decline in people who were insured concentrated among younger adults and people buying their own health insurance policies, according to the survey.

Many attribute the low record last year to Obamacare which has helped nearly 20 million people gain health care. President Donald Trump once referred to Obamacare as a "death spiral" and called to repeal and replace the bill.

Congress returns to work today after their July 4th break. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that under the new Republican health care legislation at least 22 million more people would become uninsured. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky) has been considering easing some of the bill’s Medicaid cuts, increasing health care tax credits to help people buy private insurance, according to the Associated Press.

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