The U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday that 27.5 million Americans were uninsured last year — jumping from 25.6 million in 2017. It’s the first increase since Obamacare was passed, and comes despite decreases in the poverty and unemployment rates. Experts suggest the Trump administration’s attempts to undermine the Affordable Care Act by repealing its individual mandate and providing cheaper short-term insurance may have been factors.
What else does the data tell us? That racial disparities remain: Nearly 18 percent of Hispanics and 9.7 percent of Blacks lacked coverage, compared to 5.4 percent of Whites.