• FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen in Washington. The nation’s progress in reducing the number of uninsured appears to have lost momentum this year, even as rising premiums and dwindling choice are reviving the political blame game over President Barack Obama’s health care law. The future of the Affordable Care Act hinges on the outcome of the presidential election, and it’s shaping up as a moment of truth for Republicans. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen in Washington. The nation’s progress in reducing the number of uninsured appears to have lost momentum this ... year, even as rising premiums and dwindling choice are reviving the political blame game over President Barack Obama’s health care law. The future of the Affordable Care Act hinges on the outcome of the presidential election, and it’s shaping up as a moment of truth for Republicans. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 10, 2014 file photo, then-Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. The nation’s progress in reducing the number of uninsured appears to have lost momentum this year, even as rising premiums and dwindling choice are reviving the political blame game over President Barack Obama’s health care law. The future of the Affordable Care Act hinges on the outcome of the presidential election, and it’s shaping up as a moment of truth for Republicans. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    FILE - In this April 10, 2014 file photo, then-Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. The nation’s progress in reducing the number of uninsured appears to have lost momentum this ... year, even as rising premiums and dwindling choice are reviving the political blame game over President Barack Obama’s health care law. The future of the Affordable Care Act hinges on the outcome of the presidential election, and it’s shaping up as a moment of truth for Republicans. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) (The Associated Press)

Progress slows on uninsured as health law blame game goes on

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Progress in reducing the number of people without health insurance in the U.S. appears to be losing momentum.

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That's happening as rising premiums and dwindling choices have revived the political blame game over President Barack Obama's health law.

A survey shows the uninsured rate among adults dropped by just 1 percentage point from 2015 through this July. That's the smallest decline since the law's big coverage expansion.

The future of the Affordable Care Act hinges on the presidential election. Whoever wins, it's looking like a moment of truth for Republicans.

If Donald Trump is president, Republicans will be judged on how many people are covered — or lose coverage — by the still-evolving GOP replacement plan.

If Democrat Hillary Clinton wins, repealing the law will look even more futile.