According to Gallup, the number of uninsured Americans continues to drop. Republicans deepest fears have come true. With the exception of seniors, the ACA is causing the number of uninsured to drop across all ages.
Gallup has the details:
The uninsured rate for almost every major demographic group has dropped in 2014 so far. The percentage of uninsured Americans with an annual household income of less than $36,000 has dropped the most — by 2.8 percentage points — to 27.9% since the fourth quarter of 2013, while the percentage of uninsured blacks has fallen 2.6 points to 18.3%. Hispanics remain the subgroup most likely to lack health insurance, with an uninsured rate of 37.9%.
The uninsured rate among 26- to 34-year olds and 35- to 64-year olds continues to decline — now at 26.6% and 16.3%, respectively. The February Enrollment Report released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) highlighted no significant changes in young adults’ enrollment in the health exchanges since its December report, with the cumulative total enrollment rate among 18- to 34-year-olds hovering at 25%. The Obama administration has made young adults’ enrollment in a health insurance plan a top priority, as healthcare experts say 40% of new enrollees must be young and healthy for the Affordable Care Act to be successful.
What this means in practical terms is that people across all age groups are signing. Seniors have Medicare, so they are already covered. The healthcare law is working as intended. People have more income they are paying less for health insurance, and more people are being covered.
This is all devastating news for Republicans who were certain that the law was going to collapse. They have planned their entire 2014 and 2016 election strategies on running against Obamacare. It seems that now they will be running against a law that has given millions across all age groups access to healthcare.
Republicans have cooked up the perfect recipe for failure. Things are looking good for Democrats, President Obama, and the ACA, and once the enrollment goal is met, Republicans will have officially been completely wrong about Obamacare.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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