The Republicans Are Stuck in Their Own Bubble
The Republicans are stuck in their own bubble, according to new data that shows the party has the lowest share of Americans without health insurance of any major political party.
The number of Americans with health insurance has plunged from a peak of over 18 million in 2013 to just over 9 million in 2020, according data from the Commonwealth Fund released Thursday.
The data is based on the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Insurance Cost and Utilization Survey.
It was gathered in the fall of 2016, before Republicans took control of the White House and Congress.
The new numbers, released by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, show that for the first time, Republicans are lagging behind Democrats in terms of overall uninsured people.
In 2020, for instance, 23.5 million Americans were uninsured, compared to 30.9 million for Democrats.
In 2020, the gap was even wider: 19.3 million for Republicans and 20.3 for Democrats, for a net of about 17 million.
The party’s net uninsured rate was 10.4 percent in 2020.
The gap between Democrats and Republicans was 13.7 percent.
The GOP was ahead of the Democrats in 2020 among adults who were uninsured at that time, but behind among those who were covered at the time.
The Republican Party is facing its own set of challenges.
Its base is shrinking, its donors are shrinking and its brand is crumbling.
The new numbers come as the party is under fire for its handling of health care.
A bipartisan group of senators from both parties sent a letter earlier this month to Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans urging them to change course and find ways to expand coverage to more Americans.
But the GOP has resisted that call, instead insisting that its primary objective is to win the 2020 presidential election and defeat President-elect Donald Trump in 2020 elections.
Democrats also are under fire.
After the midterm elections, former President Barack Obama called Republicans “the party of the billionaires” in a tweet.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which calculates the costs of the ACA, also recently released a report that found that nearly a quarter of Americans who are insured today will have to drop out of the market due to unaffordable premiums.
That number is likely to grow.