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New Affordable Care Act policies could drive down uninsured rate from 12 to 7.3 percent

December 20, 2018 / Jeff Lagasse

If a number of specific policy actions are implemented, Congress could potentially supplement the Affordable Care Act in such a way as to bring health insurance to 12 million more Americans, finds a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. That doesn't necessarily mean Congress will take action, with partisan division the governing body's current modus operandi. But the statistics show that with some of the changes to the law over the past several years, the rate of the uninsured has started to climb once more -- and is estimated to be about 32 million people, or 12 percent of the non-elderly population, by 2020.