With endless hours dedicated to debating and deliberating the unintended consequences of Obamacare, it’s refreshing to read some impressive numbers from the very intended ones. The primary goal of the Affordable Care Act was to help those who were uninsured get the insurance they should logically have in a developed country; it’s done just that.
According to a recent Gallup poll, the demographics that have long held the highest numbers of uninsured are the same ones that have seen outstanding progress. The information for the poll was gathered via phone, and spans more than 30,000 American adults over the course of the past two months.
One of the greatest improvements recorded was among African Americans, falling from 20.9% uninsured to just 14.7%, a decrease of nearly one third. The amount of people uninsured in the Hispanic community also fell from a frightening 38.7% to 33.1%. It is worth noting, however, that the poor rollout of the marketplace website was especially notable on the Spanish-language version of the site, meaning further enrollees are likely.
The first open enrollment period of Obamacare has ended with the lowest rate of uninsured Americans since the recession of 2008. More importantly, it ended a dangerous upward trend of unemployed citizens. These results are truly something to be celebrated, save for the joyless politicians and pundits that would rather the president fail than our country succeed.