Thanks to Trump, 4 Million US Children Are Uninsured as Coverage Declines for Second Year in a Row

Children lost healthcare coverage as Trump delayed CHIP funding, slashed ACA outreach resources, and attacked immigrant families' access to government programs.

President Donald Trump's administration has succeeded in gutting the the Affordable Care Act and attacking access to healthcare coverage for low-income families—causing the number of uninsured children in the U.S. to climb to more than four million, a study released Tuesday finds.

The Georgetown University Center study found 400,000 children lost their health coverage between 2016 and 2018, making this year the second in a row to see the number of uninsured children rise.

There are now more uninsured children in the U.S. since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in 2014. The Georgetown researchers described the increase as part of "a very troubling trend."

"The decline in health coverage occurred at a time when children should have been gaining coverage in the private market and is a red flag for policymakers as even more children would likely lose coverage in an economic downturn," said Joan Alker, executive director of the Center.

Alker blamed the decline on "the Trump administration's actions or inactions that have made health coverage harder to access," including the shortening of the ACA enrollment period; fewer resources given to ACA outreach efforts; a delay in implementing CHIP, which covers families that don't have employer-based insurance and don't qualify for Medicaid; and Trump's "public charge" rule, which experts say has deterred immigrant families for applying for government programs.

The uninsured rate among children dropped sharply after the ACA, also known as Obamacare, went into effect. In 2015, four million children had no health coverage, compared with nearly five million in 2014. Georgetown's study reveals that many of the gains made under the Obama administration have been erased by Trump.

Low- to middle-income families have been hit hardest by the decline in health coverage, and the majority of uninsured children are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP but are not enrolled.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alexander Azar on Tuesday, demanding records regarding the health coverage decline and slamming the Trump administration for claiming, as Medicaid administrator Seema Verma has, that the trend is due to low unemployment rates and reduced reliance on government-funded programs.

"This is a disturbing trend that the administration should be looking to correct, but instead, your administration has applauded the enrollment declines among children," wrote Wyden and Pallone. "And while you assert that they are the result of an improving economy, that is simply not borne out by the evidence."

"If children were leaving Medicaid and CHIP and finding coverage elsewhere, then the number and percent of uninsured children would go down," they added.


  • selfishness and self greedy runs in the blood ! these are pathetic creatures!.. bulls eye!
  • All you can manage is a potty-mouth reply, Weeper? Just like your Liar-in-Chief.

    Where are your facts and verified sources?

    (Oh, I forgot. Trumpers only believe in the "alternate facts" coming from the mouth of their lying hero.)
  • The Democrats in congress can't agree on funding CHIP. If all the Democrats leave the congress, these problems will cease to exist.
  • Another lie from a Trump worshiper.

    What are your sources for this misinformation, z? Man up and post them. Good luck!
  • True @z, ever since the socialists took over the house they have done nothing. Its the most unproductive house in the history of US politics.

    Too much Trump Derangement syndrome. No CHIP, NO DACA, NO bill to Abolish ice, the green deal was abandoned by them in the Senate. And still no bills stopping Obama policy of separation at the border.

    Just somethings they talk about but don't do.
  • Wrong again, Weeper. U.S. House Democrats passed nearly 400 bills since taking control in 2019.

    80 percent of those bills were blocked in the Republican Senate, under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

    Congress passed just 70 bills into law this year. Granted, it still has one more year in its term, but the number pales in comparison to recent past sessions of Congress, which typically see 300-500 bills passed in two years (and that is even a diminished number from the 700-800 bills passed in the 1970s and 1980s).

    Ten of those 70 bills this year have been renaming federal post offices or Veterans Affairs facilities, and many others are related to appropriations or extending programs like the National Flood Insurance Program or the 9/11 victim compensation fund.

    Facts, not Trumpaganda. Read it and weep.
  • true that ! FM, that Moscow Mitch been sitting on them democrats house bills and then come out saying nothing is been done by the democrats? is fucken redicilous!. and now same talking point by emty coconuts lika Reaper and that fucken z. two assholes!
  • Oh wow. Elected Democrats renamed post offices during their tenure. Can we please give them a standing ovation? lol
  • Most unproductive house in US history. Lowest amount of bill passed since taking the house in 2018. Compared to the last house which passed close to 80% of its bills whereas this house controlled by Democrats have passed only 35% bills under close to 2 years.

    Too much protesting and seeking newsreel highlights and too much Trump Derangement syndrome.

    Where is the bill to end Clinton era separation at the border?

    Where is the Bill to implement the green deal? Oh yeaj Democrats didn't vote yes on it in the Senate but voted present against their own house bill in the Senate!

    Where is the universal healthcare bill they keet talking about?

    Where is the universal education for all bill they keep talking about?

    Where is the universal bill to ban gas and oil use in thr US they keep talking about?

    Where is the voting rights for illegals they keep talking about?

    What we get? A bill renaming a post office. If they focus on the country instead of Trump hate they would pass 50% of their promises but since taking thr house Democrats have passed only 35% of their promises.

  • 7 months from now Republicans will take the house. What sad 2 years this Democrat controlled house has been.

    Too much Spartacus mixed in with a lot of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
  • Too much Making America Groan Again. People are sick of the lying and Trumpaganda.
  • Trump is fulfilling his camping promises. Booming economy, border security, Tax cuts, cutting regulations, reverting power back to the states, got nato countries paying their share, got Canada and Mexico to sign a new trade deal, getting rid of obamacare individual mandate, rebuilding military, funding black colleges, low black unemployment, low latino unemployment, got rid of obama Iran deal, got rid of obama trans Pacific partnership, keystones pipeline underway, 100+judges to lower and federal court along with 2 justices to the Supreme court.

    What has the Democrats done since gaining control of the house? Nothing. Only 35% of their promises have been delivered. Only 400 bills that have never passed in the Senate.

    The greatest achievement this Democrat controlled house has done was renaming of a postal office.


  • LOL @ "Trump is fulfilling his camping promises. "

    So why is Trump such an unhappy camper? He is constantly lashing out at everyone.

    FACT: The Democrat U.S. House passed over 400 bills. All of them were sent to the Republican Senate....which did nothing with them.

    How many bills has the Republican Senate and the Republican President passed?

    70. Ten of those 70 bills have been renaming federal post offices or Veterans Affairs facilities, and many others are related to appropriations or extending programs like the National Flood Insurance Program or the 9/11 victim compensation fund.

    Scorecard? No significant legislation passed by the GOP Senate and GOP President.

    That's why the Senate is known now as "Mitch McConnell's graveyard."

    “From raising the minimum wage to ensuring equal pay, we have passed legislation to raise wages. And we have passed legislation to protect and expand health coverage and bring down prescription drug prices,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said. “We continue to urge Senator McConnell to take up our bills, many of which are bipartisan.”

    Facts, not Trumpaganda.
  • 75% of Trumps promises have been carried out vs 35% of Democrats promises.


    Didn't Democrats in the Senate voted no on the green new deal. Lol

    The GOP Senate passed many bills this year and the last 2 years. Tax cuts etc etc etc

    While DEMOCRATS bills go to the Senate and die because Democrats were too focused on the russian and impeachmet hoax.

  • More lies. Where is the documentation for your ridiculous claims? Sean Hannity? lol
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