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March 1, 2015

Chart of the Day

Monthly Averages of Uninsured Americans

Gallup: “The U.S. uninsured rate is 16.1% so far in January, modestly down from 17.3% in December after the Affordable Care Act’s requirement for Americans to have health insurance took effect on Jan. 1.”


    Does this drop in those without medical insurance represent the expansion in the number of citizens who have medical insurance or does it represent a drop in the number of those who lack medical coverage because of the migration of many of the uncovered into medicaid? (A step which many qualified for before, but they just hadn’t taken the step.)
    If the latter, other than the expansion of medicaid, children on insurance until 26, and elimination of pre-existing conditions, what did the society gain for the – so far – elimination of private insurance for 5-8 million in the private single payer market, the coming distortions of the small-business market, and the estimated 70 million in large businesses who will have their existing medical coverage changed, to add only a couple of hundred thousand to the private health care market? Seems the gain is disproportionately small for the tumult created.

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