For All the Hype, the Uninsured Rate Is the Same As It Was At The Beginning of Obama’s Term

Obamacare Is All Hype

Progressive writer Matt Stoller tweets:

For all the hype, the uninsured rate is the same as it was at the beginning of Obama’s term

Stoller links to a new Gallup poll which finds:

The uninsured rate is now at the lowest level recorded since late 2008.

Percentage Uninsured in the U.S., by Quarter

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  • Joffan

    So Stoller is wrong – 15.6 is less than 16.1 – and even more so when considering that the rate is likely to fall further next quarter.

    I’m not entirely sure the question is the right one, either – would those covered under Medicaid answer “yes” or “no”?

    • smkngman3

      Not only Medicaid need be considered, but the available workforce has increased while Corps drop coverage. While the % might (this IS Gallup,economic collapse….) “be the same”, the number of US getting HC is far greater.

  • …and the elephant in the room no one asks, including peculiarly Democrats, and of course media talking heads: WHAT’S THE REPUBLICAN’S PLAN??? Why can no one ask this? I’m for single-payer btw.

    btw…I hate Democrats & I hate Republicans WORSE. I voted 3rd party and will continue to do so.

  • Joffan

    From the Gallup article:

    The uninsured rate has been falling since the fourth quarter of 2013, after hitting an all-time high of 18.0% in the third quarter — a sign that the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” appears to be accomplishing its goal of increasing the percentage of Americans with health insurance coverage. Even within this year’s first quarter, 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 — indicating that enrollment through the healthcare exchanges increased as the March 31 deadline approached.

    The likelihood, then, is that the current number is about 14.0%, given the way the signups accelerated towards the end of March and then continued into April.

    Change of headline required perhaps?

  • Joffan

    So can we expected to see an update after the latest Gallup article giving April figures? – essentially the final call on Obamacare sign-ups.

    The uninsured rate for U.S. adults in April was 13.4%, down from 15.0% in March. This is the lowest monthly uninsured rate recorded since Gallup and Healthways began tracking it in January 2008, besting the previous low of 13.9% in September of that year.