Obama Soars To Historic New Highs As Uninsured Rate Falls To A Record Low

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The good news keeps coming for President Obama as his signature legislative achievement, Obamacare, has caused the number of uninsured Americans to fall to a new record low.

According to Gallup:

The uninsured rate among U.S. adults aged 18 and older was 11.4% in the second quarter of 2015, down from 11.9% in the first quarter. The uninsured rate has dropped nearly six percentage points since the fourth quarter of 2013, just before the requirement for Americans to carry health insurance took effect. The latest quarterly uninsured rate is the lowest Gallup and Healthways have recorded since daily tracking of this metric began in 2008.

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From a long-range perspective, the uninsured rate has declined across nearly all key subgroups since 2013. But the sharpest declines have occurred among Hispanics, blacks and lower-income Americans. The uninsured rate among Hispanics declined by 9.6 points from the fourth quarter of 2013 — the last full quarter of interviewing before the requirement that Americans carry health insurance took effect. Similarly, the percentage of uninsured blacks dipped 8.9 points over this period. Across major subgroups, those making less than $36,000 in annual household income have seen the sharpest drop — 9.9 points since the fourth quarter of 2013.

The results of the Gallup survey demonstrate that Obamacare is doing exactly what it was intended to do. The ACA is helping underserved, uninsured demographic groups of Americans get access to healthcare. Obamacare has also made employer offered insurance programs stronger by lowering costs, offering more basic preventive health care benefits, and forcing insurance companies to function more efficiently.

The data proves that people aren’t losing their health insurance because of Obamacare. The opposite is true. The ACA is a step towards making access to affordable healthcare a right.

Politically, when Republicans pledge to repeal Obamacare what they are promising is that they are going to take away healthcare from all Americans, but Hispanics, African-Americans, and poor people would be among the hardest hit. Many of the people who would be devasted by the repeal of Obamacare live in Republican-voting red states.

The passage and enactment of the Affordable Care Act was a legacy defining moment for President Obama. The President has brought positive change and transformation to the accessibility and provision of health insurance. Obama is experiencing a late in his presidency string of success that feels like a reward for his years of struggle against an obstructionist Republican opposition.

Describing Obamacare as working is an understatement of what this president has accomplished. What President Obama has successfully done will save lives. He has not only changed the way the American people view healthcare policy. He has also changed America for the better.

16 Replies to “Obama Soars To Historic New Highs As Uninsured Rate Falls To A Record Low”

  1. This also proves WHY the Repukes were so obstinate and unrelenting in their obstruction against the ACA. They knew it was going to work as advertised. Well, the few actually halfway intelligent ones that had insurance industry insiders and actuaries explain it knew it.
    All they could do is to block as much as possible and make the rollout bumpy. Basically, the Dixiecans are saboteurs ..enemies of America.
    This proves it.

  2. Now que republicans saying Obama’s messing with the numbers making ACA seem good, but they’ve spent so much time repealing it, they haven’t come up with an alternative. But oh well, republicans since day one of this presidency have been against almost anything Obama did even if it benefitted Americans.

  3. Yet, the GOP insist it is broken. The ACA is not perfect, it needs to be tweaked, yet the GOP don’t offer any ideas to help improve it. Repealing and filing ridiculous lawsuits are not answers.

    I wonder how many Republican voters that have benefited were dumb enough to vote for the GOO this past November? Talk about biting the hand that feeds you!!

  4. It’s going to be amusing to watch the repug candidates
    campaign on lies concerning the ACA. Once more they
    find themselves on the wrong side of history. Oh and
    BTW, thank you President Obama!

  5. Here’s the deal: the Dixicans don’t WANT answers. They want MYTH and will use hyperbole, lies, and propaganda to perpetuate their ‘faith-based’ system.
    Just like they’re not for education. Check out national test scores from today and go back as far as you wish. The states with the lowest SAT’s and other education measurable are ALWAYS the nine or ten old south confederates.
    Sure, there are dumb Republicans and politicians everywhere, but the South is home base and the breeding ground for bad policies and regressivism that affects us all.

  6. Yet for all their efforts- they often forget one simple thing: That Liars need good memories, if they wish to be taken seriously in the long term.

    And since they have so many lies, that contradict each other…eventually even some of the less brilliant connect the dots.

    To which I’m thinking of that Tea Party President of his local chapter(probably not now) who announced on youtube that he likes Obamacare and will be voting for Dems from now on.

  7. This is GREAT news but I worry. I and my wife have insurance through the ACA, but I worry. And it has helped both of us, yet I worry. And Millions are now insured, many NEVER before, but I worry. I worry because if another sociopathic Rethuglican assumes the presidency, all will be gone. That is a worry that we should not be suffering. Because of backward thinking republicans. This is like Torture. Always threatening you one way or the other. With possible DEATH! Think about it.

  8. John, I worry right there with you. Same with me. Even though I am in NY and we have our own exchange, I worry. If a GOP buys the presidency, who knows what will happen to ACA?

    I would say it is an irrational worry; however, with all the derelicts running around in the GOP, I think its rational.

  9. Yes my friend the threat is real. Its real they want SS and Medicare too. And I’m close to SS as close can be. I know I probably don’t have to worry about SS, but my wife does. She is 5 years younger than me.

  10. He passed a law requiring everyone to buy insurance and liberals are still pretending it’s voluntary. It’s like homosexuals claiming
    [Snipped]
    [My, you have a prurient mind]

  11. It’s pretty clear to anyone with more than half a brain that the hatred of President Obama is just pure racism. Look at how many hate-groups have emerged since his Administration took office!

    No matter what, these cretins will never, ever admit how ignorant they are, and that includes members of Congress on the GOP side. The rightwingers hate him even more for being a guy who accomplishes big things, despite the unprecedented obstruction they keep trying to throw in his path.

    Drives them CRAZY, and with Trump, it’s becoming very clear where this disgusting party is headed — in the trash heap of history, with the Whigs and the Know-Nothings.

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