The big drops in the uninsured rate Gallup reported for March
holds for May, meaning that the Republicans' last hurrah
in unskewing Obamacare numbers—already effectively debunked—is totally toast. The uninsured rate really is the lowest it's been
in six years.
The percentage of U.S. adults lacking insurance coverage in the first two months of the second quarter of 2014 is down from 17.1% in the fourth quarter of 2013 and from the 15.6% average in the first quarter of 2014. The current 13.4% average for the second quarter of 2014 is the lowest level recorded since Gallup began tracking this measure in 2008.
For those counting, that's a 22 percent drop in five months. The biggest drop in the uninsured rate was among African Americans, "falling 6.2 percentage points to 14.7 percent," and Latinos, "down 5.6 points since the end of 2013 to 33.1 percent," though "this remains the highest uninsured rate across key subgroups." Undocumented immigrants aren't eligible to get insurance under the law, so that could be a factor behind that number.
The rate could drop further if more states decide to accept Medicaid expansion, and as more people enroll in Medicaid, which they can do at any time. Medicaid enrollees don't have to wait for the fall open enrollment period for Obamacare.