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U.S. REP. DANIEL LIPINSKI: Lipinski Statement on the Census Bureau’s Report Showing an Increase in Uninsured Americans

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By Press release submission | Sep 10, 2019

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U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski (IL-3) issued the following announcement on Sept. 10.

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) released the following statement today after the Census Bureau released a report showing that the number of uninsured Americans rose in 2018:

2018 Census data released today shows that for the first time since 2010, the number of Americans without health insurance increased from the year before. The numbers are very concerning, with nearly 2 million fewer Americans having coverage last year. Experts attribute the decline in part to actions by the Trump administration to undermine the Affordable Care Act, including the decision to eliminate “cost share reduction” payments, as well as the end of reinsurance. This has put the cost of ACA policies out of reach for middle class Americans not receiving a subsidy. My colleagues and I in the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus came up with a solution last Congress to address this by creating a "dedicated stability fund" that states could use to cut premium costs, especially for those with pre-existing conditions. The ACA has shortcomings that need to be fixed, but one provision that must remain is the protection of individuals with pre-existing conditions. Our legislation would have kept that provision while simultaneously making improvements that could lower premiums up to 30 percent. We must continue to work on improving the ACA, not abandon it. I am committed to ensuring that Americans have access to affordable, quality care.”

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