Republicans Shattered As Obamacare’s Success Drives Level Of Uninsured To Historic Lows


A new study by the White House Council of Economic Advisers has found that thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the percentage of Americans who lack health insurance is heading for an historic low.

The Council of Economic Advisers report stated,

Earlier this week, the National Center for Health Statistics released new data on health insurance coverage during the second quarter of 2014, the first federal survey data that largely capture the effects of the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period. These new data confirm earlier findings that 2014 has seen dramatic reductions in the share of Americans without health insurance, reductions that correspond to an estimated 10 million people gaining coverage since before the start of open enrollment.

This progress is even more striking when viewed in historical context. Building on work by other researchers, the Council of Economic Advisers has constructed estimates of the share of Americans without health insurance extending back to 1963. These estimates show that the drop in the nation’s uninsured rate so far this year is the largest over any period since the early 1970s, years in which the Medicaid program was still ramping up and the Medicare and Medicaid programs were expanded to people with disabilities.

With this year’s decline, the nation’s uninsured rate is now at or near the lowest level recorded across five decades of data. Furthermore, new data out today on Medicaid enrollment and data on Marketplace plan selections from earlier this week show that progress in reducing the number of uninsured Americans is continuing.

The percentage of uninsured Americans has dropped from 14.4% before the launch of Obamacare to 11.3% during the second quarter of 2014. This decrease is directly attributable to the ACA. With enrollment expected to exceed goals by the end of the current enrollment period, the United States could finally become a nation where ninety percent or more of the population has healthcare coverage.

These developments are exactly what Republicans feared, and why they have fought so hard to repeal the law. Republicans are against millions of Americans gaining access to affordable healthcare through the private market. Everything that Republicans promised would happen if Obamacare became the law of the land has not occurred.

Reality hasn’t discouraged Republicans in the least. Mitch McConnell announced that one of the first priorities that the Republican controlled Senate will take up in early 2015 is a bill to repeal Obamacare. The ACA is working, and as millions more people gain access to healthcare, it is becoming more difficult for Republicans to repeal the law.

The ACA continues to gain steam, which means that a Republican repeal of the ACA is increasingly becoming a pipe dream.

33 Replies to “Republicans Shattered As Obamacare’s Success Drives Level Of Uninsured To Historic Lows”

  1. I bet weak bone Schumer feeling pretty stupid. Who coward to the GOP after his foolish decision to made Hillary the face of the Dem party in the mid-term election.

  2. The ACA continues to gain steam, which means that a Republican repeal of the ACA is increasingly becoming a pipe dream.

    Not so fast grasshopper. In June they have their ace in the hole, the SCOTUS, ready to gut the subsidies driving up the cost and guess who they will blame?

  3. Don’t gloat yet. The GOP will take over both Congress this January. They’ll make sure that Obama’s last 2 years in office will be hell.

  4. I have decided the entire GOP is made of sociopaths! Sociopaths are narcissistic, lack empathy/ sympathy for others, are anti social, often criminal, lack a conscience, lack a sense of moral responsibility. If that doesn’t describe the GOP, I don’t know what does!
    How else can you explain them being unhappy with news that more Americans have health insurance, want to rob from the poor to give to the rich, lie, cheat, and steal for $$ and power!

  5. Why should they let facts get in the way of their idiocy?
    O’Reilly Draws Comparison Between Belief In Jesus, Man-Made Climate Change

    “It’s easier to believe in a benevolent God — the baby Jesus — than it is in some kind of theory about global warming. It’s just easier, isn’t it not?” – Bill O’Reilly, on The O’Reilly Factor, December 16, 2014.
    O’Reilly was making the point that literal belief in the story of Jesus’s virgin birth that is laid out in later gospels is easy, while believing that burning fossil fuels causes climate change is hard.

    He’s thinks that this is self-evident and obvious.

  6. That’s the rub right there. The question then become, is Roberts going to do a backstroke on his previous ruling or is Roberts his own man stand-up and challenges all opponents of his initial ruling?

  7. The oligarch’s must be pissed. Well, there’s only one way to stop this BS! Crash the economy again so NO ONE can afford Obamacare. Pretty sure they’re on it.

  8. I’ll say that you are right. You can take it a little further. I’ll say that they are really really piss.
    And I’ll bet you a pretty penny, that Pres. Obama is ready for them. (That’s why every Exec. action PBO always say he get legal, legislation security council).

  9. What tilL America finally sees where the Pub Congress intends to lead our nation.


  10. Karyn, putting aside the fact that you’re UTTERLY WRONG, it saddens me to have a heathen like you make such a hateful comment.

    For surely you can NOT be a Christian, now can you? What? Are you going to tell me you are?

    Can’t be. Because then your Bible clearly does NOT have Matthew 25:35-40 in it:

    35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

    36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

    37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

    38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

    39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

    40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

  11. 1. Every politician in D.C. has his/her insurance paid by US, aka, it’s FREE! Hello,is there anybody in your brain?!
    2. Since you hate it when you feel people receive FREE stuff, I am assuming that not once in your ignorant, dumb, stupid life have gotten anything for FREE. If you have, not only are you everything I said above, but you are a hypocrite as well. Who does like FREE anything?
    3. The poor have Medicaid, and if you have worked, you have already paid into it via taxes. Would you rather poor people use the ER and then the taxpayer foots a much larger bill.
    4. Ignorance is not bless. Go find yourself a Baby Ben book and quit watching Fix News

  12. The misleading tittle says that the ACA drives the percentage of to historic lows, but the article says that its headed to historic lows, so what is it? Also, wasn’t it the white house advisors who initially lied about the amount of people who had signed up and refused to declare the low amount of people who had payed their premiums in order to pass the bill? Smells like BS to me, people. I don’t trust anyone involved with this bill as far as I can throw them.

    This whole article is just to distract people’s attention from Gruber. If you want to know about this bill, look him up.

  13. Gruber did not write the bill. He was only speaking the truth on how stupid you people are and this drivel prove his point

  14. Don’t worry about Karyn, dmhlt, I think she might be an idiot. Now, if you want to get all religious on us, I think you might be very wrong in your standing. allow me to explain.

    Right wing conservatives typically vote against socialist programs, but are also much more likely to donate to charities. You see, right wingers want to be charitable, whereas left wingers want to force you to be charitable through the government. While both situations might render similar results, according to Christianity, one plan follows God and the other follows the devil.

    In the beginning, Satan’s plan was to force all men to do good, and to never make mistakes. Christ’s plan was to allow us to choose for ourselves.

    So you see, Christians are commanded to be charitable, but we are to choose it. Forcing someone to be “charitable” is not charity. The Democrat way is essentially Satan’s way.

    And don’t worry about the ACA, it isn’t helping as many as you think.

  15. Great entertainment but complete BS cliches.

    Very rich conservatives give to charities for the tax deduction. If you leave them out, the lowe rmiddle class gives more to charity.

    But I do love the “whereas left wingers want to force you to be charitable through the government”. Its hilarious!

    You arnt a christian and buying that stuff. Thats hilarious. Oh and yes, the ACA is helping more then you think.

  16. Gruber was one opinion. He doesnt get his insuirance through the ACA. Gruber is a speck of sand on the beach. Just like you. BTW, look at Grubers latests comments. You are being had

  17. The really funny part, he is no doubt one of those that says rely on the churches. He doesnt stop to think the gop will tax you to giove money to the churches to support you.

    Along with having to buy into their religion in order to get it.


  18. I’d add, also, that the charitable giving of the rich is frequently to opera companies, ballet companies, art museums, symphony orchestras,and other worthy endeavors whose fruits they themselves expect to enjoy.

  19. The ACA will never be repealed, just a waste of time and money. Why don’t Mitchell focus on infrastructure, minimum wage, college cost, immigration, jobs. There’s plenty for the assholes to do and take care of instead of wasting time on things that will never be changed.

  20. I feel like all of Obama’s accomplishments
    are that much greater because of the republican war on anything he does, he has had no help on Isis, Ebola, immigration or anything he has done, especially bringing back the economy that the republican administration of George Bush destroyed, he has done all of this with dignity, no thanks
    and courage.

  21. karyn:
    Go back to the cellar. WHAT are you talking about! It is just plain false and the statement makes you seem out of touch with the reality that has been happening with ACA=OBAMACARE. You sound goofy. Making things up is NOT a good sign—you trippin’ ? Sounds so. Goodbye. Please.

  22. And, Maxie2014….add to that fact that they are PISSED at the President for normalizing relations with CUBA. Cuba’s sad state of affairs is SAD. The majority people suffering from a low standard of living (lack of economic stimulus and above average standard of living)—Now there is hope that a little relief will find them a little comfort zone and have them look forward to the $$$$$ from America, trade, tourism, money from relatives, purchasing their goods, student and medical exchange programs, athletic recognition (drafting x-cellent players for our baseball teams), etc.
    But NO, The Republicans spin is different….they are claiming that Obama has capitulated, not-negotiated well (Prisoner exchange), we are now compensating a terrorist country…WHAAAAT! !! ??? and a whole bunch of other foolish Republican Whiner talk. Hard core psychos abound in that party . How about our deals with other “Communist” countries, how about our deals with Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, etc

  23. Here’s the real deal about the ACA. We all pay taxes. Would you rather see your taxes come back into your communities in the form of health care for everyone or would you rather see that money controlled and go to the plutocrats who are now in control of the GOP (bought and paid for by the Koch Brothers), the Tea Party (a Koch funded organization to take over the government), big banks or Wall Street. Please inform yourselves. This is not a joke and if you don’t understand it you are voting to sell America out and your standard of living to men who are so wealthy that they already make 1 to 27 million dollars a day through their desire to control America and the world. They’ve already duped the Religious Right into destroying their standard of living and they will do the same to the middle class. It’s showing in a theater near you. Wake up Americans and stop fighting among yourselves.

    Health care is big business and the Kochs want that money.

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