Demonstrators hold signs during a protest against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act outside the Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., March 22, 2017.
Aaron P. Bernstein | Reuters
The rate of Americans without health insurance rose last year for the first time since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014.
Roughly 8.5% of the U.S. population, or 27.5 million people, didn't have health insurance at all in 2018, up from 7.9%, or 25.6 million people, in 2017, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday.
Democrats and health-care advocates blamed the rise in uninsured Americans on the Trump administration's attempts to weaken former President Barack Obama's signature health-care law.
"The latest Census numbers prove once again that the Trump-GOP sabotage agenda continues to wreak havoc on American health care and prevent Americans from getting the coverage they need," Leslie Dach, chairman of health-care advocacy group Protect Our Care, said in a statement.
Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., also accused President Donald Trump