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What Dads Really Want for Fathers’ Day: Medicare for All

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) led to increases in health insurance coverage and reductions in racial and ethnic disparities in coverage. With Fathers’ Day this weekend, it’s a good time to take a closer look at trends in coverage for fathers. In this post, we focus on fathers who report living with one or more ...

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) led to increases in health insurance coverage and reductions in racial and ethnic disparities in coverage. With Fathers’ Day this weekend, it’s a good time to take a closer look at trends in coverage for fathers. In this post, we focus on fathers who report living with one or more of their minor children in the American Community Survey.


Overview

Following the passage of the ACA, uninsurance declined substantially among dads of all classes, races, and ethnicities. Yet large class, racial, and ethnic gaps in coverage remain. Some of the decline in dads’ uninsurance is due to the strong economy and the ACA’s private coverage-related provisions, but most of the credit goes to Medicaid and other public health insurance coverage. Despite this progress, far too many dads in our diverse working class remain uninsured, and the Trump administration is doing everything it can to undermine the health insurance system in ways that will reduce coverage and increase disparities. Ultimately, we need a universal Medicare plan that builds on the success of the ACA by providing comprehensive coverage to everyone, while creating a more efficient and simpler system.

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