Obamacare helps cut the ranks of uninsured children — by half

“For the legions of Obamacare haters – as well as those who rail against big government – here’s something to think about: From 2008 to 2014, the percentage of California children without health insurance was cut in half,” according to the Sacramento Bee.

“In large measure by enthusiastically adopting the Affordable Care Act, quickly creating its insurance marketplace and expanding the Medi-Cal program for the poor, the state cut the rate of uninsured kids from 11 percent to 5 percent.

“It’s the most noticeable improvement in the well-being of our children in the latest Kids Count, and a main reason why California has its best ranking on health of all the measures in the index.

“Now, more than 70,000 children are enrolled in the Covered California marketplace. Easier sign-ups and more outreach under Obamacare also helped boost the number of children covered by Medi-Cal to 5.6 million – more than half of all California kids, according to a June report by The Children’s Partnership.”

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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