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Number of Michiganders without health insurance rises in 2018

By: - September 10, 2019 4:28 pm

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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.

U.S. census graphic

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.

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin and Pam Miklavcic, executive director of the Davies Project, at a health care roundtable in Lansing, Sept. 4. 2019 | Allison Donahue

“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.”

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.