Chart showing growth Analystscredit the health law with helping drive down the number ofuninsured. But also a factor: The proportion of people withoutinsurance typically falls as unemployment rates decline. (Photo:Shutterstock)

Despite Republican resistance to the federal healthlaw, the percentage of Americans without health insurance in 2017 remained thesame as during the last year of the Obama administration, accordingto a closely watched report from the Census Bureau released Wednesday.

However, the uninsured rate did rise in 14 states. It was notimmediately clear why, because the states varied dramatically bylocation, politics and whether they had expanded Medicaid under thefederal health law. Those states included Texas, Florida, Vermont,Minnesota and Oregon.

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