According to a poll published this Monday, the nation’s uninsured rate fell to 11.9 percent during the first quarter of this year — 1 percentage point below the rate at the end of 2014. The drop is directly in line with the new Obamacare enrollees at the beginning of 2015.
The results from the Gallup survey is the lowest since they began keeping track of the subject in 2008, contributing to a decline of 5.2 percentage points in the “share of people without health coverage since the end of 2013, just before the first wave of Obamacare health insurance enrollees joined the ranks of the insured,” according to the Huffington Post.
African-Americans, Hispanics and people with low incomes saw the greatest gains in insurance coverage, Gallup found.
Some of the increase in the proportion of Americans with health coverage likely is related to the improving job market, and the health benefits provided by employers, Gallup notes. But the pollsters conclude that Obamacare is mostly responsible for the current trend because the uninsured rate is lower than it was in early 2008, when the economy was in recession.
About 12 million people are covered by private health insurance obtained via the exchanges, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. A separate analysis published by the department last month “estimates that 16 million fewer Americans are uninsured because of the Obamacare coverage expansion, including the exchanges and Medicaid.