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October 2, 2014

Sharp Drop in Uninsured Rate

Gallup: “The uninsured rate dipped to 15.6% in the first quarter of 2014, a 1.5-percentage-point decline from the fourth quarter of 2013. The uninsured rate is now at the lowest level recorded since late 2008.”

“The uninsured rate has been falling since the fourth quarter of 2013, after hitting an all-time high of 18.0% in the third quarter — a sign that [Obamacare] appears to be accomplishing its goal of increasing the percentage of Americans with health insurance coverage.”

“The uninsured rate for every major demographic group declined in the first quarter of 2014. The uninsured rate for lower-income Americans dropped 3.2 points to 27.5% — the largest decline within any key subgroup — while the uninsured rate for blacks fell 3.3 points to 17.6%. Hispanics remain the subgroup most likely to lack health insurance, with an uninsured rate of 37.0%, though their rate dropped 1.7 points in the first quarter.”

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  • bks3bks

    That’s it? After all the Sturm und Drang we’re not even back to 2008 levels of coverage? When are we going to get a nice, simple, rational, European-style single-payer system? –bks

    • Charles Wolf

      As soon as it is modified in 2017 by the New Improved Single-Payer Hillarycare.

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