President Barack Obama has often stated that the mission behind his desire to enact the Affordable Care Act was to secure quality health care coverage for America's "uninsured." A new Gallup poll released yesterday is vindicating Obama's hard work on passing the law.
The Washington Post reports that the US "uninsured" rate now sits at 13.4 percent among adults – the lowest since Gallup starting tracking the number in January 2008 – is down from 17.1 percent near the end of 2013 and 15.6 percent at the end of this year’s first quarter. The "uninsured" rate fell 2.2 percent between April and the first quarter of 2014, suggesting that people who previously lacked coverage drove Obamacare’s late enrollment surge.
The nation’s "uninsured" rate after Obamacare's first enrollment has dropped to the lowest point in at least six years, according to a new Gallup poll.
The Hispanic enrollment lagged this year, having the highest rate of "uninsured" of any key demographic group at 33.2 percent. However, that rate is down 5.5 percent since the end of 2013. Blacks, who signed up for ACA exchange coverage at greater rates than expected, recorded the largest decline in the "uninsured" rate of any other group, down 7.1 percentage points to 13.8 percent.
The "uninsured" rate was 2.2 points lower in April than in the first quarter of 2014, reflecting the surge in late health insurance sign-ups to meet the official March 31 deadline. This figure represents the average percentage of adults without health insurance since provisions established under the Affordable Care Act requiring Americans to have insurance went into effect on Jan. 1 of this year.
Some other Gallup findings seem to support what the Obama administration and other surveys have reported. The "uninsured" rate among the all-important young adult demographic fell, but no faster than the rate for other groups. Low-income adults, who may qualify for expanded Medicaid programs or the most generous subsidies through ACA exchanges, saw larger decreases in the "uninsured" rate than higher-earning groups.
Gallup poll - U.S. Uninsured Rate Drops to 13.4%, Uninsured rate down nearly four percentage points since late 2013
Washington Post - The uninsured rate keeps falling and falling, survey shows