Must-see chart: Obamacare kicks in

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Catherine Rampell finds something to cheer about in an otherwise grim census report released this week:

The share of people without health insurance fell. The biggest drop was among those 19 to 25 years old, who can now join their parents’ health insurance plans.

Sarah Kliff picks up on another trend:

The other driver has to do with a growth of Americans using public insurance programs, like Medicaid. When you break down the insurance numbers by income, you see that the biggest gains have been made among the lowest-income Americans, most likely to be eligible for those programs.

Kevin Drum adds:

I’ll note in passing that this particular provision of Obamacare is quite popular with the public, so naturally it’s one of the provisions that Mitt Romney says he’d keep. He just won’t explain how. But I’ll give him a hint: the free market declined to allow young adults to enroll on their parents’ policies for 80 years before the passage of Obamacare. If Romney really likes this idea, it’s going to take something more than the free market to keep it around.

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