Thanks To Obamacare, The Number Of Uninsured Americans Drops To Lowest Point In Years
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which measures the number of Americans with health insurance, shows that the number has dropped from 17.1 percent at the end of last year to 15.6 for the first quarter of this year. That amounts to about 3.5 million people who gained health insurance, and brings that percentage to the lowest point since 2008. The downward “trend accelerated as the March 31 enrollment deadline loomed,” reports the AP. The uninsured rate for blacks fell even further, by 3.3 percent. A much-needed group that, according to Gallup, didn’t experience a huge surge right at the end was young people.
“Gallup interviewed more than 43,500 adults, or more than 40 times the number in a typical national media poll,” the article continues, showing the speed, the depth, and the breadth of the survey.
While these numbers look great, it actually conflicts with reports from the government, which, of course, were much more positive. The administration says 7.1 million signed up for insurance through the new markets, about three million gained insurance through Medicaid, and there are others who have the extended period still to sign up. Those number stake children into account (Gallup does not).
In addition to all the people who benefit by now having access to health insurance, Obama and the Democrats could benefit when the midterm elections come round later this year. The key is capitalizing on this good news. Experts speaking to Politico recommend that the President go on the offense, showing what the GOP is trying to take away from people, using real-life examples and taking the message directly to people through events like a recent visit to the University of Michigan.
There’s a lot of work to do if the Dems will hang on — let alone win more Congressional seats — this election year.