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Obamacare, the Unfinished Success

Fewer Americans are uninsured -- but the job isn't done yet.
Yes, but there's more to do.

Yes, but there's more to do.

Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The numbers are in: Obamacare reduced the share of Americans without health insurance last year to 10.4 percent, down from 13.3 percent the year before. That represents 8.8 million fewer people who risked financial ruin if they needed significant medical care. Most of the improvement came from people getting coverage through Medicaid or the state insurance exchanges.

The figures put to rest the notion that Obamacare would cause more people to lose coverage than gain it. But U.S. health care is by no means fixed. Three substantial improvements are still needed.