"Nearly 1 in 3 uninsured Americans have already been covered — more than 16 million people -– driving our uninsured rate to its lowest level ever," President Obama told a cheering crowd at the Catholic Health Association's annual conference Tuesday. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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NYU medical student Sara Stream (left) examines dancer Jazlyn Caing, who visited the clinic for low-grade orthopedic and respiratory problems. Fred Mogul/WNYC hide caption

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Leaburn Alexander works two jobs and does not have health insurance. It takes him three hours to commute home from the job he works as an overnight hotel janitor. Lisa Morehouse/KQED hide caption

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Arkansas, Kentucky, Delaware and Colorado have all seen significant increases since 2013 in the percentage of residents who have health insurance. Vectoraart/iStockphoto hide caption

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Tammy Boudreaux tries a tendon-stretching drill after surgery. Boudreaux was able to get much of her operation and rehabilitation covered by the insurance plan she bought via the Affordable Care Act. Carrie Feibel hide caption

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Informational pamphlets are displayed during an enrollment fair on the last day before the sign-up deadline at the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, Calif. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Hundreds in California rushed to get health insurance just before the deadline. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Is Obamacare A Success? We Might Not Know For A While

Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.

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Tammy Boudreaux (right) with her partner, Laura Perez. Boudreaux is weighing the cost and benefits of purchasing health insurance. Courtesy of Tammy Boudreaux hide caption

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Mounting medical debt and struggles with insurers led Shelley Toreson to drop her health insurance. She now pays discounted rates upfront for her medical needs. Pauline Bartolone/Capital Public Radio hide caption

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Millions of people who rely on check-cashing stores, like this one in New York City, could run into trouble buying health insurance. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Deb Waldin testifies about her experience with a debt collector at a Minnesota hospital during a hearing led by Sen. Al Franken in St. Paul, Minn., in late May. Minnesota Public Radio/Jeffrey Thompson hide caption

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Dr. Mitch Katz rides his bike to work, defying the commuting norm in Los Angeles. Michael Wilson/L.A.County Health Services Dept. hide caption

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