There has been a modest but noticeable drop in the number of Americans who are not covered by health insurance following the introduction of the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) known as ‘Obamacare.’
According to the Huffington Post:
“The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped by 1.2 percentage points in January, to 16.1 percent. The biggest change was for unemployed people, a drop of 6.7 percentage points. That was followed by a 2.6 percentage-point decline for nonwhites. Traditionally both groups are far more likely to be uninsured than the population as a whole.”
The most noticeable decrease was among women. While the rate of uninsured men dropped by 0.6%, among women it was almost three-times higher, 1.9%.
The ACA has been beset by problems from the moment of its inception, not least the almost pathological obsession with which Republicans have pursued its repeal, despite it having been confirmed as legal by the US Supreme Court and endorsed by an overwhelming majority of Americans in the 2012 presidential election.
Despite this, these latest figures from Gallup show Americans are gradually embracing the Act, despite the best efforts of the GOP and a compliant right-wing media.
h/t Huffington Post