There are more insured Americans now than there have been in over 15 years, thanks to President Obama’s signature health care law.
The number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by 11.4 million since the president signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010, according to new figures released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thirty-seven million Americans are still uninsured, but the new number is the lowest measured in almost two decades, according to the Associated Press.
The number of uninsured residents dropped most noticeably between 2013 and the first nine months of 2014, when it fell by 7.6 million individuals. The statistics in the two CDC reports released this week date back to 1997. Obama signed his health care bill into law on March 23, 2010.
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The president met his target for enrollments by last April, when officials reported that more than 7 million people had signed up for Obamacare through federal exchanges. The figures came after a disastrous rollout of the now-infamous health care exchange website, which initially prevented millions of Americans from registering for insurance plans.
The U.S. Supreme Court is currently deciding whether the Democratic Congress of 2010 created Obamacare as a national policy providing health care funding for the whole nation, or if the law was only meant to grant coverage to residents in certain states.
Republicans typically oppose Obamacare. Controversial Republican and tea party member Sen. Ted Cruz, who is campaigning for president in the next election, tried to convince Congress to cut funding for Obama’s health care law during a more-than-21-hour filibuster in September 2013.