Saturday, July 11, 2015

Charting A Course To Obamacare Success

The latest Gallup survey on Americans and health insurance shows one reason why Republicans are terrified of Obamacare's success.

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.
Percentage Uninsured in U.S. by Quarter
So the percentage of uninsured Americans overall has dropped significantly, and that's helping a lot of Americans across the board.  But here's why Republicans are so desperate to sell the health care law as a taxpayer giveaway to those people:

Percentage of Uninsured U.S. Adults, by Subgroup

As you can see, all age groups (other than seniors over 65, 98% of whom have health insurance through Medicare) have benefited from the ACA.  But the real winners have been black and Hispanic folks, who have seen big drops in the percentage of uninsured in America under the law.  Granted, these groups had far more uninsured before the law took effect, so it makes sense that these are the groups that have been helped the most.

Those making less than $35,000 a year have also seen a big drop in the uninsured.

Are you beginning to see why Republicans hate the law so much and want to constantly repeal it?

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