More Blacks, Hispanics & Low-Income Americans Insured Under The Affordable Care Act

June 6, 2014  |  

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Obamacare was panned left and right, but it is proving beneficial, especially to poor people and people of color. According to a new survey, the uninsured rate among blacks has dropped 6.2 percentage points so far this year.

A new Gallup poll, based on telephone interviews with 30,430 American adults from April 1 to May 31, also found that the Hispanic uninsured rate decreased by 5.6 percentage points between the end of the year and the time of the survey. The uninsured rate for whites dropped three points.

While the uninsured rate is still higher for blacks and Hispanics, this news is an improvement. But even with the healthcare reform law, 14.7 percent of blacks and 33.1 percent of Hispanics are still uninsured. Nationwide the rate is 13.4 percent, according to Gallup, a drop from 17.1 percent at the end of 2013.

Low-income earners are also benefiting from Obamacare. There was a drop in the uninsured rate for households earning less than $36,000 annually, falling to 24.7 percent, down six points from the end of 2013. Unfortunately, the rate is still a lot higher than the national rate.

“Blacks and Hispanics were a specific target of the Obama administration in its rollout of the health-care law, given their relatively low insurance rates,” reports The Huffington Post. The drops may have been more but due to the well-reported tech glitches of Healthcare.gov website there was a delay in getting people to sign up. And the Spanish-language website was even more problem-plagued, on top of being delayed by two months. And when it did launch, many criticized it for being “written in Spanglish.”

Since the launch of the Affordable Care Act, the percentage of Americans who lack insurance is at its lowest since 2008, when Gallup started tracking this data.

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