About 26 million people in the United States do not have health insurance

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The percentage of Americans without health coverage hits a new low of eight percent, according to the health department, based on a recent household survey.

Some 5.2 million people have obtained medical insurance since the start of 2021, according to US officials. (AP Archive)

The proportion of the population without health insurance in the United States hit a new low in early 2022 at 8%, President Joe Biden’s administration said.

The Department of Health said Tuesday that, based on a household survey it conducted, 5.2 million people have obtained medical insurance since the start of 2021, when Biden took office, a figure that includes one million children.

However, around 26 million people remain without health coverage in the country.

“No one should worry about whether they can pay their doctor or choose between paying rent and filling a prescription,” Biden said in a statement.

“Today, we are closer than ever to making this principle a reality,” he added.

The decline in the number of uninsured Americans began last year when Congress and Biden signed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill that reduced premiums and out-of-pocket payments for new or repeat customers. who purchase plans through the Affordable Care Act’s private health insurance marketplaces.

The Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” came into effect in 2014 and was the flagship law of former President Barack Obama, with whom Biden served as vice president.

Between 2018 and 2019, however, the number of uninsured rebounded before falling.

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The president attributed the increase in the number of medically insured Americans to improvements contained in the American Rescue Plan, the emergency assistance plan adopted at the start of his term that contained measures to facilitate access to insurance sickness through grants to help families pay for medical coverage.

“Pretty cool, eh, @BarackObama? Biden said the Twitter.

“You bet, Joe,” replied the former president.

Both men called on Congress to pass the Cut Inflation Act, a law largely focused on clean energy and climate but also containing measures to secure subsidies for medical coverage and reduce drug prices .

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies

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