Healthcare

Uninsured Rate Reaches a New Record Low

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The number of uninsured Americans continues to plunge as more and more people gain coverage under Obamacare.

According to a new Gallup survey, the uninsured rate has fallen to 11.9 percent from a high of 18 percent in 2013.

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The uninsured rate has declined across all demographic groups, but according to the survey it has declined the most among low-income Americans.

While the uninsured rate has declined across all key demographic groups since the healthcare law fully took effect in January 2014, it has dropped most among lower-income Americans and Hispanics -- the groups most likely to lack insurance. The uninsured rate among Americans earning less than $36,000 in annual household income dropped 8.7 points since the end of 2013, while the rate among Hispanics fell 8.3 points. [...]

Americans aged 26 to 34 have also seen gains in coverage since the healthcare law went into effect -- the uninsured rate among this group is down 7.4 points since the end of 2013, the largest drop among any age group.

While Obamacare is working as intended, congressional Republicans continue to plot it's demise and will vote on a budget in the coming weeks that would repeal the law.

In the face of overwhelming evidence that Obamacare is working, Republican presidential candidates also stand by their assertion that the law is basically Hitler.

  • muselet

    Insurance is wonderful, Righties explain (usually shouting at the top of their lungs while waving their arms wildly about as they do so), and we think it’s great that people have insurance, but the government shouldn’t be forcing people to buy it if they don’t want it.

    Followed by a discussion of jackboots and government coercion and the rationing of healthcare. That discussion is usually loud and unutterably silly.

    As far as I can tell, Righties in general and Rs in particular don’t believe healthcare should be provided to just anyone. They’ve become convinced that everything that happens is a purely economic transaction and a zero-sum game, so poor people—which, in their imaginations, means those people—getting healthcare means less healthcare left for them. Healthcare, to them, is a commodity.

    And insurance is, as I’ve said before, something employers provide because they’re good people who care about their workers. Decoupling employment from health insurance prevents those kind-hearted employers from using the loss of said insurance as a cudgel.

    The Rs will continue to proclaim the ACA a failure, because by their criteria (keeping undeserving people from using up all the healthcare) it is.

    –alopecia

  • i_a_c

    It seems just like yesterday when every right wing nutjob and blowhard was asserting how Obamacare was already a failure.

    Oh wait, it WAS just yesterday.