Pelosi Statement on New Rise in Number of Uninsured Americans Under Trump Administration

Jan 16, 2018
Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Nancy Pelosi released this statement following a report that 3.2 million more Americans were uninsured at the end of 2017 than when President Trump took office, marking the first time that the share of uninsured Americans increased since 2008: 

“Today’s report is a sobering reminder of the damaging consequences of President Trump’s cynical efforts to sabotage Americans’ health care.  Over the past year, the Trump Administration has spitefully tried to undermine the Affordable Care Act by eviscerating funding for ACA open enrollment advertising, deliberately creating massive confusion around ACA enrollment availability and making constant threats to cut off key ACA payments.  Together, these efforts have pushed the number of uninsured Americans up for the first time in a decade.  Shamefully, the White House and Congressional Republicans’ cruel actions have disproportionately hit vulnerable Americans, including young adults, communities of color and working families.

“Disturbingly, Republicans continue to double down on their sabotage efforts.  Their latest campaigns to restrict access to Medicaid and push Americans in junk insurance plans without vital protections and guarantees of care threaten to rip away life-saving coverage for millions of families.  Republicans must stop the sabotage, and focus on delivering affordable, quality health care to the American people.

“The Affordable Care Act brought the rate of uninsured Americans to historic lows under the Obama Administration, expanding access to quality, affordable health care for tens of millions of American families.  Democrats will continue to build on the progress of the successful 2018 HealthCare.gov enrollment season, and will defend the promise of quality health care for all.”

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