Michigan is one of eight states that saw the number of people without health insurance significantly rise from 2017 to 2018, according to new U.S. census data.
In 2017, there were 510,000 uninsured people in Michigan. In 2018, there were 535,000 — so 25,000 fewer residents had health coverage.
Across the nation, 2 million more people were uninsured in 2018 compared to 2017, for a total if 27.5 million. This was the first increase since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect in 2014.
The liberal group Priorities Michigan said President Donald Trump’s attacks on the ACA are partly to blame. The Trump administration backs a federal lawsuit that would eliminate the law, which an Urban Institute report said would result in 720,000 Michiganders lacking health insurance.
U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly), who held a health care roundtable last week in Lansing, also criticized the Trump administration in a statement.
“Today’s news confirms what we have long known: the Administration’s continued attempts to chip away at our healthcare and charge more or deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions is putting us on a reverse course toward a greater healthcare burden on families,” Slotkin said.
“We have evolved as a nation to agree on fundamental principles: that everyone deserves access to healthcare they can afford, that you shouldn’t be gouged just for having a pre-existing condition, and that if you get sick, you shouldn’t go broke. We have a clear mandate to see that mission through — and I urge the President and my colleagues across the aisle to work with us to accomplish it.”