Friday, April 08, 2016

Uninsured % Continues To Drop Thanks To Obamacare

You may have noticed that there is one issue the Republicans have been complaining about for years that is conspicuously absent from the presidential campaign -- the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). If the Republicans hate Obamacare so much, why aren't they campaigning on opposition to it?

The simple answer is that it is not a winning campaign issue. Too many people are now insured that weren't before Obamacare was passed -- millions of people. And the GOP knows it would be a huge mistake to promise those millions they would take their health insurance away from them.

They also know they are in a minority position in disliking Obamacare. Obamacare has worked. It has covered many people with insurance that could not afford it before, and it has cured other problems with health insurance -- like doing away with pre-existing conditions, removing caps on insurance payouts for medical care, and not allowing insurance companies to pay less than 80% of premiums for medical care.

Obamacare is not perfect, and most Americans would like to see it improved. But one thing most Americans don't want is to see it repealed. Only the stupidest teabaggers still want that.

The charts in this post reflect the dropping percentage of Americans without heal insurance. They are from a recent Gallup Poll -- done between January 2nd and March 31st of 2016 of a random national sample of 44,557 adults, with a 1 point margin of error. Note that the percentage of uninsured people is still dropping, and is below that recorded in the 4th quarter of 2015 (11.6%). It is now down to 11.0%.

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