Remember last year around this time? We were hearing all kinds of smack talk about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The lies were flying fast and thick as the Republicans tried to stop the inevitable. The lies continued for as long as they GOP thought they were controlling the story. But, it’s funny isn’t it, how the lies fell off as 2014 progressed? Now you hardly hear any right-wing BS about it at all. And with good reason.
The number of uninsured has steadily fallen. By the end of June this year, the number was 13.3% according to Gallup, down from 17.1% since sign-ups began last October. In numbers, that’s about 10 million Americans covered by insurance who were not covered before Obamacare.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that number will be 12 million by the end of the year. Most of the newly covered– also contrary to conservative predictions — are adults of working age. The biggest drop was in the 19-25 group, whose uninsured rate is now just over twenty percent. As Joe Biden would say, this is a huge f#*king deal.
Remember another of the right’s lies, that new enrollees wouldn’t pay their premiums? Yeah, that prediction has bit the dust, too. They said that large numbers of the newly insured would sign up and then not pay or dump their plans outright. Wrong! Out of the 8 million number at the end of April — newer numbers are not yet available on this metric — 7.3 million have enrolled and paid their premiums. I’m no math whiz, but I don’t think that seven-tenths of a percent is a huge number.
Even those who did drop their coverage didn’t necessarily do so because they hated it. Some experienced a drop in their income (making them eligible for Medicaid) while others got jobs with health benefits. Some turned 65 and enrolled in Medicare. An insurance spokesman affirmed that, at any given time, those who were shopping for coverage last year wouldn’t be looking a year later for these same reasons.
As more and more Americans discover that Obamacare is not an evil, socialist take-over of health care as the GOP misrepresented it, the more they decide that they actually like it. Each time a lie they told about the ACA falls, a Republican loses a seat in Congress. Okay, that’s not true. But it could be.
h/t Huffington Post