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Gallup must be in that whole big conspiracy Republicans have concocted to argue Obamacare isn't a success. That's because, in its monthly survey of the health insurance status among Americans, it found the lowest uninsured rate since it began tracking in January, 2008.
Chart showing drop in uninsured rate since January, 2008.
The uninsured rate peaked at 18.0% in the third quarter of 2013, but has consistently declined since then. This downward trend in the uninsured rate coincided with the health insurance marketplace exchanges opening in October 2013, and accelerated as the March 31 deadline to purchase health insurance coverage approached -- and passed -- for most uninsured Americans.
As Gallup found in April, the states that embraced the law and expanded Medicaid had the greatest drop in the uninsured rate.

As the evidence just keeps on piling up that Obamacare has really, truly insured millions of people and that those numbers cannot be unskewed, expect nothing but Benghazi from Republicans for the next six months. Because that's all they got.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon May 05, 2014 at 07:07 AM PDT.

Also republished by Obamacare Saves Lives and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (33+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Mon May 05, 2014 at 07:07:44 AM PDT

  •  Now watch (19+ / 0-)

    The Republicans will claim it is because of Private sector job growth and not Obamacare. They will say this totally not realizing this then undermines their argument that O'care has cost private sector jobs.

    Frankly, I’m getting more than a little tired of hearing from angry America. I’m also less than fond of knee-jerk America. And when you combine the two with the Internet, you too often get stupid America, which is really annoying.

    by jsfox on Mon May 05, 2014 at 07:13:44 AM PDT

    •  Surely there's a differential equation that (10+ / 0-)

      explains that. Something something.

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Mon May 05, 2014 at 07:31:31 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  y'=y (1+ / 0-)
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        No, wait, that is the equation for exponential growth, ex, which is roughly what we saw for ACA Signups. It's like tribble reproduction, where every tribble gives birth to another tribble at regular intervals, and they are born pregnant. Thus the birth rate equals the population.

        Uh, y''=y? That gives sine and cosine oscillations, like pendulum swings, so if the trend is toward the Democrats, it must mean that Republicans will win! But then the Democrats will win the next time after. Nooooo!

        Newton, F=gMm/R2? Wait, Einstein! G = 8πgT/c4 (the Einstein tensor is proportional everywhere to the energy-momentum tensor, so that gravity is defined by the shape of spacetime). Nope. That gives the Big Bang. Can't have that for the base.

        No, the problem is that differential equations define math and science and thus necessarily have even more of a built-in Liberal bias than mere facts.

        Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

        by Mokurai on Mon May 05, 2014 at 01:16:31 PM PDT

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    •  Boehner's already come out and said REPEAL (1+ / 0-)
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      based on WaPo's "Obamacare hits new low" poll.

      Either the public are still annoyed about having to signup, or the Washington Post are at it again, because the ACA being more unpopular than ever doesn't pass the smell test.

    •  Probably plays a role, just as lack of jobs had a (0+ / 0-)

      lot to do with the rapid increases in 2009.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Mon May 05, 2014 at 09:01:58 AM PDT

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      •  No doubt, (1+ / 0-)
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        but that wasn't really the point I was making.

        Frankly, I’m getting more than a little tired of hearing from angry America. I’m also less than fond of knee-jerk America. And when you combine the two with the Internet, you too often get stupid America, which is really annoying.

        by jsfox on Mon May 05, 2014 at 09:06:53 AM PDT

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        •  Doesn't actually undermine their argument if they (0+ / 0-)

          made it right.

          The right tag line would be "Imagine how many more people would be insured if we didn't have Obamacare but had all the jobs it cost."

          There might still be this little issue of establishing jobs were cost.  Last complaints I heard were employers supposedly holding hours down just below 30.  Presuming they still had as much work that needed to be done, that would seem to increase jobs, not reduce them.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Mon May 05, 2014 at 09:16:10 AM PDT

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  •  Wow, that is dramatic! (13+ / 0-)

    The drop from 18% to 13.4% means that 30.5% of all of the uninsured people in American gained health care coverage in the last nine months.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Mon May 05, 2014 at 07:28:50 AM PDT

    •  Now, if only we could get that 36-year low... (2+ / 0-)
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      labor participation rate  to increase (and wages along with it), we'd be much, much better off.

      This information is good news and all, but people can't afford to buy food. Maybe instead of patting ourselves on the back we should beat the drum, without interruption, to improve the labor market. I suspect that will resonate with voters just as much (or more) come November.

      Adequate health care should be a LEGAL RIGHT in the U.S without begging or bankruptcy. Until it is, we should not dare call our society civilized.

      by Love Me Slender on Mon May 05, 2014 at 08:00:15 AM PDT

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  •  The Skewed Numbers business (5+ / 0-)
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    When you complain about the enrollment numbers being skewed, and an independent organizaton verifies them, you kind of look super stupid.

    •  Do you have a link? (0+ / 0-)

      I haven't seen anything that verifies the enrollment numbers, and would like to see what others have got.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Mon May 05, 2014 at 09:03:25 AM PDT

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      •  The latest HHS report cites three separate sources (0+ / 0-)

        for the uninsurance rate: Gallup, Rand, and the Urban Institute. The methodologies are different so the numbers are not strictly comparable, but the trend is unmistakable.

        ACA Signups: HHS Reports 8.02 M

        Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

        by Mokurai on Mon May 05, 2014 at 01:26:21 PM PDT

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        •  Ah. I think I'm crossing the streams. (0+ / 0-)

          There seems to be two kind of numbers getting batted about, one that can be established pretty well and another that has to be estimated to a lower degree of certainty.

          The first is exchange enrollments, and I'm pretty comfortable with those.  Where I start running into trouble is when people start talking about people who would not otherwise be insured. My family, for example, are exchange enrollments, but we'd have been insured anyway.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Mon May 05, 2014 at 01:35:36 PM PDT

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          •  The Gallup numbers are entirely independent (0+ / 0-)

            of the exchange numbers. Gallup calls hundreds of people up every day and asks them whether they are insured on that day, along with other questions. Every two weeks it aggregates the data and publishes some summary results. This an excellent, statistically valid methodology, which permits a proper calculation of confidence intervals and other analysis, which unfortunately Gallup does not publish.

            The Exchanges by design do not ask people applying whether they are insured. So we cannot cross-check any of the signups with the Gallup data. All we know is that signups went way up and uninsurance went way down, neither to the levels we want. But the next Open Enrollment period will go much more smoothly.

            Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

            by Mokurai on Tue May 06, 2014 at 12:21:43 AM PDT

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            •  Gallup numbers something else entirely... (0+ / 0-)

              And they seem to be a good indicator.  I wish they went back further because people were losing jobs at the end of the Bush administration, but, at the very least, we can see a 9% drop in the uninsured at the end of the Bush administration as measured by Gallup.  Don't know if we can simply translate that up to the full US population, but, if we can, that would represent about 3.8 million people insured today who wouldn't be insured if conditions were identical to those at the end of the Bush administration.

              That would seem to be the steady-state benefit of ACA.

              It would be interesting to know how much it would have helped during the worst parts of the current depression.  The ability to soften the blow of economic cycles may prove to be a bigger benefit than the ongoing effect.

              LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

              by dinotrac on Tue May 06, 2014 at 04:29:10 AM PDT

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  •  This is great news (4+ / 0-)
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    Not for John McCain because he's had medicare for the last 25 years, probably but is this really all the longer that Gallup's been keeping track of the uninsured?!

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    by TerryDarc on Mon May 05, 2014 at 07:30:25 AM PDT

  •  I voted for Obama (22+ / 0-)

    and all I got was this stupid insurance policy I could afford.

    Is there a matching stupid t-shirt?

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Mon May 05, 2014 at 07:30:43 AM PDT

  •  Hold on to BENGHAZEEEE GOP...for your life. (3+ / 0-)
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  •  Well, duh! (8+ / 0-)

    It's because Death Panels have claimed the lives of tens of thousands of Americans.

    Hence, the number of those who are "uninsured" has dropped.

    Sheesh, Joan. Do the math!

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Mon May 05, 2014 at 07:41:59 AM PDT

  •  How many private surveys is it now (8+ / 0-)

    that show more people becoming insured? Gallup, RAND, I think there was another.

    It's still early in the ACA process, the first enrollment just over and this is just one data point.

    But still, the news seems to be encouraging, and I think it will be harder for Republicans to dismiss private polling/surveys vs. HHS/Census surveys.

  •  How does one get on a death panel? (4+ / 0-)
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    I would like to reduce the Repugnant party small enough to flush down the toilet.

  •  Here's how to run WITH Obamacare in a red state (10+ / 0-)

    In Kentucky you run with ads supporting Kynect:

    In Kentucky, sign-ups for Obamacare have climbed higher than 400,000. Yet Mitch McConnell, as always, remains 1000 percent convinced that the law is an ongoing policy catastrophe that will never be anything other than an irrevocable political disaster for Democrats.

    No doubt, Obamacare (and Obama) are hideously unpopular in Kentucky. But it would be interesting to see how Kentucky Kynect — the state exchange that by most accounts is a success — polls there.

    Now a Dem House candidate is running a new ad hitting Republicans specifically for wanting to end Kentucky Kynect, as opposed to wanting to repeal Obamacare. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Elisabeth Jensen, who is challenging GOP Rep. Andy Barr of Kentucky’s 6th District, is tying Barr to unpopular Senator Mitch McConnell, contrasting their drive to repeal Kentucky Kynect with popular Governor Steve Beshear’s successful implementation of it:

       “Thanks to Governor Beshear, Kentucky Kynect provides health care to Kentuckians who had no insurance,” Jensen says in the ad. “But Barr, along with Mitch McConnell, voted to end Kynect and let insurance companies drop coverage, deny care and charge women more.”

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Mon May 05, 2014 at 07:52:19 AM PDT

    •  Nice. Another tactic id like to see more of (2+ / 0-)
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      is twisting traditional Repub talking points back at them: for instance, calling them anti-business because they oppose health insurance for workers.

      While you dream of Utopia, we're here on Earth, getting things done.

      by GoGoGoEverton on Mon May 05, 2014 at 07:55:19 AM PDT

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      •  They are anti-the-entire-health-care-industry (0+ / 0-)

        The AMA, hospitals, pharma, insurers, medical device manufacturers (for all that they hate the medical device tax) and all the rest want those revenues from those many millions of new and improved patients.

        Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

        by Mokurai on Mon May 05, 2014 at 01:30:18 PM PDT

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  •  You forget about Vince Foster. (1+ / 0-)
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    expect nothing but Benghazi from Republicans for the next six months. Because that's all they got.

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    by ROGNM on Mon May 05, 2014 at 07:53:22 AM PDT

  •  IM CLAPPING LOUDER (2+ / 0-)
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    While you dream of Utopia, we're here on Earth, getting things done.

    by GoGoGoEverton on Mon May 05, 2014 at 07:53:52 AM PDT

  •  Thanks Joan (0+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Mon May 05, 2014 at 07:57:00 AM PDT

  •  Texas blows past estimates despite Rick Perry (6+ / 0-)

    According to HHS, more than 733,500 Texans signed up for health insurance ahead of the March 31 deadline. A late enrollment surged helped the state blow past initial estimates of 629,000 enrollments. About 30 percent of the enrollees were in the coveted 18 to 34 age range.

    Mimi Garcia, Texas director of Enroll America, said insurers have reported 80 to 90 percent are up to date on their premiums.

  •  And yet Ed Rendell on CNBC last Friday (3+ / 0-)
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    barely challenged Larry Kudlow's assertion that Obamacare was gonna be a killer for Democrats in November, while agreeing with said douchebag that Obama should approve the Keystone pipeline ASAP to create jobs. (on the same day 288k jobs were created and the unemployment rate dropped to pre-financial crisis levels, no less.)

    /Neolibs

  •  again most surveys (0+ / 0-)

    show that the country does better as a whole when a dem is in office, until the bigoted old white population eventually dies off common sense and self interests will take a back seat to the hate and anger the white sheet crowd hold dear in their fear of the future and the unknown, too them that is .

  •  Watch for declines in cancer deaths (1+ / 0-)
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    In people too young for Medicare.  It will take a couple of years to show up in the data, but it will happen.

    Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

    by Betty Pinson on Mon May 05, 2014 at 08:30:19 AM PDT

  •  How long has Gallup run this poll? (0+ / 0-)

    Now that the level of uninsured is below the level at the end of the Bush administration, it would be interesting to look at some of the older numbers.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Mon May 05, 2014 at 09:01:08 AM PDT

  •  I'm saddened by this though (1+ / 0-)
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    I realize the noise about the ACA has prevented a lot of people from getting insurance, but it's still sickening (no pun intended) that 13% of the people in this country have no coverage - and a good deal more than that have inadequate coverage, and an even larger number are paying a grossly inflated number for healthcare compared to what can be had in other industrial democracies.

    The failure of the ACA is it accepted the idea of the Middleman as essential economics, and there's a limit to the amount of redress in an inequitable and profit-driven system it can manage.

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Mon May 05, 2014 at 09:26:25 AM PDT

    •  I second your point. (0+ / 0-)

      Uninsured rate fractionally lower than 2008. Whoopee. In 2008 we had a national consensus that the uninsured rate was a crisis. Fractional lowering is not Change You Can Believe In.

      I know, I know, the filibuster, the Supreme Court, the easy return to apathy of half the electorate. All those were knowns going in.

      I will damn sure vote Democratic, and I will damn sure vote. But I wish we could point our fellow Americans to some more-inspiring reason to vote Democratic than "We're the lesser evil."

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Mon May 05, 2014 at 01:30:55 PM PDT

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    •  Not essential economics (0+ / 0-)

      Essential politics.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Mon May 05, 2014 at 01:32:56 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  What's the rate for states that have permitted... (0+ / 0-)

    ...Medicare expansion?  I see no reason for the figure to be dragged down by states whose governors weren't actually interest in providing health insurance to people.

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Mon May 05, 2014 at 09:49:00 AM PDT

  •  Expect it to continue to decline markedly (0+ / 0-)

    This is an average for the month of April, and lingering signups continued during the month, not a survey on 4/30.  Also, many folks' policies haven't kicked in yet and so they may have answered no.  Also, Medicaid enrollment is not closed.  Also, millions of people will have qualifying events between now and November.

    Also, note that this does not include children.  It is a survey of adults, not the population.

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    by benamery21 on Mon May 05, 2014 at 10:56:29 AM PDT

  •  More insurers, price competition (0+ / 0-)

    Seattle Times is reporting that 4 more insurers want to join the WA Health Exchange, that will bring it up to 12 insurers.  A few only cover a few counties, but this a huge vote of confidence in the Washington state health exchange.

    Also, one more insurer wants to offer individual/family plans outside the exchange.  That would bring it up to 10.

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