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Enrique Gonzalez, 22, (L-R), Janet Regalado, 21, and their nine-month-old daughter Kayleen Gonzalez pose for a photo after signing up for health insurance at an enrolment event in Commerce, California March 31, 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama's embattle
The new Gallup survey on the uninsured is making a big splash today because of its top line number: 13.4 percent, down from 15 percent in March. That decline, Gallup notes, shows the lowest rate of uninsured Americans since they began surveying this issue in January 2008. Where those declines happened is a huge part of the story, too, though. So is the fact that the declines would have been even larger but for Republican refusal to expand Medicaid.
Chart showing drop in uninsured rate among various demographic groups since the end of 2013.
The uninsured rate was lower in April than in the fourth quarter of 2013 across nearly every key demographic group. The rate dropped more among blacks than any other demographic group, falling 7.1 percentage points to 13.8%. Hispanics were expected to disproportionately benefit from the Affordable Care Act—commonly referred to as "Obamacare"—because they are the subgroup with the highest uninsured rate. Although the percentage of uninsured Hispanics, at 33.2%, is down 5.5 points since the end of 2013, this rate is still the highest by far across key demographic groups.

Similarly, the uninsured rate among lower-income Americans—those with an annual household income of less than $36,000—has also dropped by 5.5 points, to 25.2%, since the fourth quarter of 2013.

The uninsured rate overall, but especially among lower-income people, would have dropped even more had every state decided to accept the Medicaid expansion. Of the 35 states that have uninsured rates of 15 percent or higher, 21 refused expansion. They've left 5 million people without coverage, purely out of political spite.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon May 05, 2014 at 10:21 AM PDT.

Also republished by Obamacare Saves Lives and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 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 10:21:05 AM PDT

  •  ACA... (7+ / 0-)

    With better than predicted enrollment numbers and the number of uninsured Americans plummeting, there is only one thing left for a Tea Party Republican to do.......BENGHAZI!!

    "Patients are not consumers" - Paul Krugman

    by assyrian64 on Mon May 05, 2014 at 11:06:11 AM PDT

  •  Kudos ACA (2+ / 0-)
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    sajiocity, splashy

    That is an undeniable impact - hope this momentum continues.

  •  The ACA is a first step. There will be others, (2+ / 0-)
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    Navy Vet Terp, sajiocity

    but after a bumpy start, the numbers are beginning to come together in a good way.

    That's a very good way for the families and individuals who can now afford coverage and can't be turned down.

    I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against. ~ Malcolm X -8.62 -8.36

    by 4Freedom on Mon May 05, 2014 at 04:44:58 PM PDT

  •  Dems Need to Run On This Message: (4+ / 0-)
    They've (Republicans) left 5 million people without coverage, purely out of political spite.

    "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

    by Seattle Socialist on Mon May 05, 2014 at 04:45:15 PM PDT

  •  They've left 5 million people without coverage, (5+ / 0-)

    They've left 5 million people without coverage, purely out of political spite.

    That. Right There. Over and over again in those 21 states.

    Are you stranded without healthcare?
    Do you make less than $30,000 per year?
    Do you know that under the Affordable Care Act you, and all of your family members could have had health insurance but the Republican governor/legislature in your state turned down the federal funds to expand Medicaid to include you.

    •  Copy and Paste (2+ / 0-)
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      sajiocity, GleninCA

      My six followers know I love copy and paste stuff:

      Are you stranded without healthcare?
      Do you make less than $30,000 per year?
      Do you know that under the Affordable Care Act you, and all of your family members could have had health insurance but the Republican governor/legislature in your state turned down the federal funds to expand Medicaid to include you.
      Did you also know, that Republicans left 5 million people without coverage, purely out of political spite.

      "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

      by Seattle Socialist on Mon May 05, 2014 at 05:18:29 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Any idea why.. (0+ / 0-)

    the rate for Hispanics is still so high?  Yeah it improved, but it is still 33%.

    •  That includes the undocumented (3+ / 0-)
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      sajiocity, GleninCA, MPociask

      who are not eligible, and a great many who are hard to reach out of fear of being taken for undocumented immigrants, particularly in Red border states. There is a concentration of Latinos in those states from Arizona to Florida, where they got hit especially hard by refusals of Medicaid expansion. The Spanish-language section of Healthcare.gov came up even later than the main page in English. Outreach in Spanish has been hampered in other ways.

      I do not know how well insurance companies were prepared to sell policies to non-English-speaking Latinos.

      Univision, Telemundo, local radio and TV, Spanish-speaking churches, and many other national and community organizations have gotten on it, and we expect to do better in the next Open Enrollment period. Many of these organizations also want to do voter registration and GOTV at the same time.

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

      by Mokurai on Mon May 05, 2014 at 05:22:45 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  It still defies all logic that these purported (0+ / 0-)

    bastions of American values, which have always included "the general welfare," could look a constituent in the eye and with a straight face, tell them why he/she won't allow them to have insurance.  We here can laugh and say the answer is "Benghazi," but the real rep can't say that to a real person, can she/he?  It seems that's a pretty effective basis for a campaign to sell this as a success.  We have to counter the baseless bullshit that has nearly half the country convinced this is bad.  The only bad about it is that it's not single payer.  There's nothing bad for the person who never had insurance, never could get it, and probably would cost society more in the long term.  I see it as a win-win for the American people and this denial as nothing but mean-spirited hypocritical ideological nonsense from the right.
    We have the facts.  We have the success stories.  We have the numbers.  
    THIS IS THE MESSAGE WE NEED TO SEND. OFTEN. LOUD.
    It works, it's even less costly than anticipated and it works. Everyone who has it, who never had, loves it.

    You all laugh because I'm different; I laugh because you're all the same

    by sajiocity on Mon May 05, 2014 at 05:46:25 PM PDT

  •  That 7.1% drop... (0+ / 0-)

    among African Americans is really great. I think that could be a good indication of turnout among black people come November (had there not been a big African American signup, that might've shown their disinterest in the Democrat's policies, and therefore, lack of enthusiasm for voting).

    We need to work much harder on getting the Hispanic uninsured number lower, but this is a really good start.

    And Democrats need to blast Republicans for voting to bring "Death Panels" to America by not voting to expand Medicaid and hurting millions of hard working citizens.

  •  Changes in Mortality After MA Healthcare Reform (0+ / 0-)

    The decrease in uninsured noted by Gallop is likely to translate in lives saved.

    An article to be published in tomorrow's Annals of Internal Medicine (1) looks at mortality before and after enactment of the 2006 Massachusetts Health Care Reform.  You can check out the abstract (2).

    The authors' conclusions were:

    "Reform in Massachusetts was associated with a significant decrease in all-cause mortality compared with the control group .... Deaths from causes amenable to health care also significantly decreased.... Changes were larger in counties with lower household incomes and higher pre-reform uninsured rates.... The number needed to treat was approximately 830 adults gaining health insurance to prevent 1 death per year."

    Expect to see conservative pundits attacking this study tomorrow.

    1. Changes in Mortality After Massachusetts Health Care Reform: A Quasi-experimental Study
    Sommers BD; Long SK, Baicker K; Ann Intern Med. 2014;160(9):585-593. doi:10.7326/M13-2275

    2. http://annals.org/...

    Counting stars by candlelight...

    by frasca on Mon May 05, 2014 at 07:19:31 PM PDT

  •  ACA works (1+ / 0-)
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    GleninCA

    There is no doubt that ACA will continue to chip away at the uninsured.  If the idiot Republican governors who can be pressured by their constituents to expanded Medicaid, the uninsured should drop to a historically low percentage.
    Then we can look at how to get it closer to near 100% coverage.  There simply is no excuse why coverage should not be near 100%.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Riane Eisler

    by noofsh on Mon May 05, 2014 at 07:25:15 PM PDT

  •  the really maddening thing about that chart (0+ / 0-)

    is the 2.0 uninsured rate for over 65-year olds.

    that could be the whole goddamned country, if we wanted it.

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