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Over 5 million previously uninsured Americans now have coverage under Obamacare

President claims Obamacare victory at White House press conference
President claims Obamacare victory at White House press conference
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According to a new report released Thursday, over 5 million Americans who previously didn’t have health insurance have obtained coverage since September.

The report, which comes from the Urban Institute Health Policy Center, attempts to seek the truth about statistics the government has released regarding Obamacare and the actual number of people who have obtained coverage since the federal health law was passed in 2010.

Questions surrounding previous statistics suggest that, among those who hurried to purchase plans when the health insurance exchanges became available last October, several of them were simply trading out other coverage.

However, the new report suggests that Obamacare is achieving what it intended to do by offering coverage to Americans who previously didn’t have any.

“This represents a major step forward for 5.4 million previously uninsured people who now have health coverage,” said Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, who serves as president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which released the report in tandem with the Urban Institute.

According to the report, 15.2 percent of the U.S. population did not have any health insurance at the beginning of March, which reflects a 2.7 percentage decrease since September of last year.

Meanwhile, the White House administration is reporting that at least 7.1 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance at since the site unveiled the health insurance exchanges on Oct. 1, 2013. Since then, the administration says that nearly three million people signed up in March alone – before open enrollment ended a few days ago on March 31.

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