While the GOP scrambles to deny healthcare to as many Americans as they possibly can, three new polls reveal that our rate of uninsured people has dropped dramatically since the Obamacare rollout (thanks, Obama).
Huffington Post reports that since the open enrollment period began in October, 2014, approximately 20 million Americans have gotten themselves health insurance. Furthermore, most of us are happy with our coverage — even a whopping 74 percent of Republicans. The following chart from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index shows that the percentage of uninsured Americans rose to a high of 18 percent in the middle of 2013, then abruptly dropped to 13.4 percent this year. Gallup began tracking this data in 2008, when the Great Recession brought the growing health care crisis to a head.
CNN Money rounded up a couple of other surveys as well. Although the data collected varies, all show vast improvements. The Commonwealth Fund survey says the uninsured rate has dropped to a still-low 15%, and the Urban Institute reports an uninsured rate of 13.9 percent.
So why do 13.4 to 15 percent of Americans still lack health coverage? Alas, many of them still live in the 25 Republican-led states that have refused to expand Medicaid.
h/t Huffington Post.