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Uninsured rate jumps
The number of Americans without health insurance increased by 3.2 million in 2017, according to the latest Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, the first annual increase since the insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act were created in the fall of 2013. Under the ACA, the uninsured rate fell to a record low of 10.9 percent at the end of 2016; last year, it rose 1.3 percentage points, to 12.2 percent. The biggest driver of the change, Gallup said, is that fewer people bought their own insurance, possibly because of Republican promises to repeal the individual mandate, which was effectively eliminated with the tax bill in December. The Trump administration has also cut back on promoting the health exchanges.