A year into the Affordable Care Act, Illinois is outpacing the national average in this area: the percentage-point decrease in uninsured. It’s 2.6 here compared to the nation’s 2.1. That sounds like good news for, say, Democrats who are on the ballot next month. But more than 13 percent of (non-elderly) Illinoisans remain uninsured, which would give, say, Republicans an opportunity to paint “Obamacare” as a failure.
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“We’ve made incremental progress, basically,” says Robert Kaestner, an economics professor at the University of Illinois. “It’s been somewhat effective, but it clearly has not made that much of a dent in the overall problem.” Kaestner researched the numbers from his position at the university’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs.