Reid: The Affordable Care Act Is Working

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor today praising recent Census Bureau data that reflects positive benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Below are his remarks:

The number of Americans without health insurance dropped dramatically last year, the Census Bureau reported yesterday. This comes as no surprise. It is further evidence that the Affordable Care Act is working. The share of people without coverage dropped in every state in the union in 2014.  That’s the first time in the history of the Census reports that every state has improved. States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act did better than those that did not.  States that adopted the new law’s Medicaid expansion saw a 3.5 percentage point drop in their uninsured rate. That’s about one-and-a-half times the 2.3 percentage point decline in states that did not expand the program. The uninsured rate is now at its lowest level ever. Once again, the Affordable Care Act is working