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Obamacare working? Americans without health insurance at lowest level in years

This news story was published on April 14, 2014.
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NIT – Obamacare may be accomplishing its goal of lowering the US uninsured rate, as fewer Americans are without health insurance since 2008.

According to a new poll from Gallup, the uninsured rate dipped to 15.6% in the first quarter of 2014, a 1.5-percentage-point decline from the fourth quarter of 2013. Gallup said that the uninsured rate is now at the lowest level recorded since late 2008.

The goal of the Affordable Care Act – sometimes called Obamacare – was to increase the percentage of Americans with health insurance coverage. Within the first quarter of 2014, that goal has been attained, as Gallup statistics show that 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 15.5% in the first half of the month to 14.5% in the second half.

The uninsured rate for every major demographic group declined in the first quarter of 2014, Gallup reported. The uninsured rate for lower-income Americans dropped 3.2 points to 27.5% — the largest decline within any key subgroup — while the uninsured rate for blacks fell 3.3 points to 17.6%. Hispanics remain the subgroup most likely to lack health insurance, with an uninsured rate of 37.0%, though their rate dropped 1.7 points in the first quarter.

The open enrollment period to purchase healthcare coverage through the state and federal marketplaces closed on March 31.  President Barack Obama announced on April 1 that 7.1 million Americans have signed up for health insurance plans through federal and state-run marketplaces.

Gallup conducted more than 43,500 interviews with U.S. adults from Jan. 2 to March 31, 2014, as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.


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7 Responses to Obamacare working? Americans without health insurance at lowest level in years

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    sad but true Reply Report comment

    April 15, 2014 at 8:29 am

    It is easy to sign up as long as some other working fool pays for it.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 15, 2014 at 7:09 am

    The only hope is the communist entitlement party will lose the senate and we can return this country to a working nation . The spend o crats learned the way to win elections is to get the majority of voters dependent on the government. Deadbeats will vote for whoever will give them the most handouts.

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    Bobby G Reply Report comment

    April 14, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    That’s because all the lazy ass people that never worked a day in there life got medicare.

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      Leaving MC Reply Report comment

      April 14, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Does that include people like you who are too lazy to learn which version of “their” to use?

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      LVS Reply Report comment

      April 15, 2014 at 8:23 am

      @Bobby G.-I think you mean medicaid, also called title 19. Medicare is reserved for people 65 years old and older and of course they have added disability to that. But the ones who got the free insurance are on medicaid. Medicare requires that you pay a fee for it and you have to pay into it through payroll deductions. It is a whole different insurance.

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    Ananymous Reply Report comment

    April 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Says numbers put out by the king of bs. They claim 7.1 million now have insurance yet forget 6 million lost insurance due to this abortion of a policy and a projected 90 million policies will be affected when the employer mandate goes into effect. So 96 million policies dumped for a gain of 7.1.
    They new the only way they could get their numbers was to force people who were happy with their insurance into the exchange. This is communism at its worst.

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      I researched it Reply Report comment

      April 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Communism at its worst? I understand you don’t like the policy, but come on. There are a few hundred million people from the 20th century who would like to have some words with you.

      Calm down.