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October 25, 2014

Uninsured Rate Continues to Fall

The uninsured rate dropped to 15.9% so far in 2014, with the decline most among lower-income and black Americans.

Gallup: “The uninsured rate for almost every major demographic group has dropped in 2014 so far [and] across all age groups … except for those aged 65 and older.”

“The percentage of Americans who get insurance through a current or former employer fell nearly two points so far in the first quarter of 2014 to 43.4%.”

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  • tiredofit

    But even with that caveat, there’s a reason the over 65 age group hasn’t fallen … they were already covered by Medicare.

    And there are benefits to these folks. Specifically the “donut hole” in Medicare Part D prescription covered was closed, potentially saving thousands for people with significant medicine expenses. Non-specifically, their adult child caregivers now can have coverage and so be better able to care for parents and grandparents because they are healthier and more fiscally secure.

    So measuring Obamacare solely by coverage percentage is a poor way to look at it. That’s a vital part of the law, but it’s also about the kind of coverage people get.

  • MrBeale

    But Fox News said that the only people signing up for Obamacare are people who already had insurance!

    • Cloner

      And in FoxWorld somehow that is bad in and of itself. Don’t bother trying to explain, FoxDufi.

  • southerndemnut

    The true test will be if we can get the rate below 10%. 14.4% is the lowest this chart indicates Q1 2009 when the recession was really heating up. We can assume that most of the rise shortly after that was due to the recession. Breaking below the 10% rate would be a symbolic if important victory. In a perfect system, we would have 0% uninsured, but like unemployment, something in the low single digits would be considered “substantially insured.”

    • Geraldine Peterson

      Want to see under 10% and even lower than that? Fight for Single Payer.

  • kevinb1986

    In the mid 2000’s, Democrat leaders in Congress also insisted that folks – whether they could afford it or not – deserved houses too. We all see how well that went. Who gets covered is only part of the issue – how do we pay for it? I know the current plan – kick it down the road – but what’s the honest plan?

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