The increase of 3.2 million uninsured is the largest uptick since Gallup began tracking the rate in 2008, including the period before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect, The trend was immediately blasted by Democrats.
Young, Black, Latinx, and low-income residents saw the largest increases in the uninsured rate; Black and Latinx residents saw the biggest shift, with 2.3 and 2.2 point increases respectively.
The uninsured rate rose for all demographics previous year, except for senior citizens, who all qualify for Medicare.
The decline in coverage was most pronounced among slices of the population on which the Obama administration and its allies had focused enrollment efforts: young adults, blacks, Latinos and households making less than $36,000 a year, Gallup found.
Importantly, the uninsured rate among adults aged 18-25 rose by 2.0 points in 2017.
Other likely causes of the 2017 rise in the uninsured rate, Gallup said, are that a number of health insurers stopped selling Obamacare individual plans through government marketplaces and that, as a result, prices increased for plans that remained on those exchanges. The third quarter uninsured rate was 12.3%.
The percentage of Americans without health insurance increased to 12.2% in 2017, a 1.3 percentage point increase from the year before, according to a survey by Gallup-Sharecare. Congress effectively nullified the individual mandate by setting the penalty at $0 as part of the tax cut bill that passed last month.
The number of Americans without health insurance rose at the highest rate in years during 2017 according to a new Gallup-Sharecare survey. Margin of error is 1 percentage point. Gallup also asks respondents whether they have secondary health insurance coverage and, if so, what type of coverage it is.
However, the Trump administration is also promoting short-term catastrophic health plans and association health plans, which supporters say will allow more affordable options for now uninsured Americans.
And other than that, the Trump administration didn't actually make many health policy changes a year ago. More than three million people have lost the health benefits and financial security that comes with health insurance.
However, it seems likely that the uninsured rate will rise further in the years ahead.
He thinks the data might reflect the Trump administration's constant talk of repealing the individual mandate - even if action didn't come until the end of the year. There are questions about whether the Gallup sample is actually representative of the American population (Charles Gaba writes about that here), and we're still waiting on government surveys of health insurance status to see if they replicate these findings. That may cost the healthcare system more in the long run. With less federal assistance from these programs to help offset the rising cost of health insurance, fewer Americans may be able to afford health insurance.