Gallup Shows Sharp Decline In Uninsured Rate Thanks Primarily To Obamacare




On Monday, Gallup released a tracking poll that shows the uninsured rate for Americans has declined over the past two quarters. After reaching a high of 18% in the third quarter of 2013, prior to the open enrollment period to buy private health insurance plans on the state and federal exchanges, the uninsured rate dropped to 17.1% in the fourth quarter of 2013 and is now down to 15.6%. This is based off of 43,500 interviews done throughout the first quarter.


Here is what was written by Jenna Levy at Gallup when the poll was released:

The uninsured rate has been falling since the fourth quarter of 2013, after hitting an all-time high of 18.0% in the third quarter — a sign that the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” appears to be accomplishing its goal of increasing the percentage of Americans with health insurance coverage. Even within this year’s first quarter, the uninsured rate fell consistently, from 16.2% in January to 15.6% in February to 15.0% in March. And within March, the rate dropped more than a point, from 15.8% in the first half of the month to 14.7% in the second half — indicating that enrollment through the healthcare exchanges increased as the March 31 deadline approached.

The poll also showed a decline across the board for all age groups, as 18-25, 26-34 and 35-64 year-olds all saw a drop in their uninsured rates of about 2 points from the third quarter of 2013. While the two youngest age groups still have the highest uninsured rate, it does show that the so-called ‘invincibles’ took advantage of the opportunity to finally get affordable heath coverage and utilized the marketplaces.

Steve Benen of MSNBC’s The Maddow Blog wrote an excellent blog post on Monday about the positive impact of the ACA and how it is doing just what it set out to do, which is decrease the number of uninsured people in this country. He provided some nice bullet points detailing evidence that the ACA is working, and working well:

Consider a brief tale of the tape:
* ACA enrollment through exchanges reached 7.1 million, ahead of early estimates.
* If we include Medicaid, coverage has been extended to well over 10 million Americans.
* The ACA is quickly reducing the uninsured rate.
* According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the ACA is cheaper than expected and its risk-adjustment provisions are on track to turn a profit for taxpayers.
* Thanks in part to the ACA, health care spending has slowed dramatically and health care inflation is at its lowest point in 50 years.
* According to the Department of Commerce, the ACA is also having a positive effect on personal incomes.
The fact is, the ACA is here to stay. It isn’t going to be repealed and only far-right ideologues who are looking to make hay among the ignorant and virulently racist voters in America who just want to hate everything President Obama does will continue to pretend that they are going to get it repealed.

9 Replies to “Gallup Shows Sharp Decline In Uninsured Rate Thanks Primarily To Obamacare”

  1. At this point, you’d have to be an idiot to run for office on repealing a law that has positive impacts to the health of the nation and the economy. Oh…wait…

  2. Don’t back up now Repugs. You said you were going to campaign against the dreaded Obamacare. Get out there and shout to the rafters how terrible it is, and how it is destroying the economy, and yada yada yada.

  3. Truth is out of the 7 to 9 million insured. Only about 1 to 2 million did not have insurance before. According to CBO that number will not change that much over next 6 to 10 years. So out of 48 to 50 million uninsured 2 million so far have gotten coverage and that’s being kind. No estimate or study states they will ever all be covered. In fact most studies state lucky to get 30 percent.

  4. It should be pointed out that you are referring to a post from FEBRUARY. That same post stated that it was likely that we’d see the uninsured ranks be reduced by at least 9 million and quite possibly reach the CBO’s projection of 14 million by the end of 2014:

    “At some point, the ACA may be responsible for more than 9 million uninsured persons gaining health insurance. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that in 2014, due to the Affordable Care Act, the number of uninsured would decline by 14 million.

    But based on the administration’s most recent figures, we’re not at that point yet.”

    It is quite disingenuous to post to an older article to make your case that today’s figures are incorrect, especially when that article says it is quite likely that the law will reach those figures. It shows that you feel that other readers are straight rubes who will trust that you posting a link shows that you are on the level. The fact is, you aren’t at all.

  5. All you seem to have are complaints, R. Polett, Jr. How about posting some of your own solutions that the CBO can score to prove that your plan will decrease the deficit and cover millions of uninsured Americans the way Obamacare does? Republicans in Congress have been working on a healthcare plan since 2009 and promising to present it every year, and we have yet to see one, other than the five page “plan” Jindal presented a couple weeks ago that’s going nowhere fast.

    I’m sick and tired of those of you on the right having nothing but complaints when it comes to Obamacare and never having viable solutions, not only for the uninsured but for anything. You are not listening to some of the members of your own party who are telling GOP pols that they can’t run and win on complaining and whining!

    Americans want solutions. I would hazard to say that most Americans are tired of GOPTPers whining, denying reality, complaining, throwing a fit when things don’t go your way, and lying.

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