Uninsured Rate Drops Further
The percent of Americans who say they don’t have heath insurance dropped to 13.4 percent, the lowest it has been in years. From Gallup:
While the improving employment situation likely played some role in the drop, most of the recent decrease can likely be attributed to the Affordable Care Act, which was designed to increase the number of people with health insurance. The survey from the data was taken just after the open enrollment period of the new exchanges ended.
Among households making less than $36,000 the uninsured rate dropped by 5.5 points while it dropped by only 2.6 points among people making over $90,000.
A report from the HHS found that roughly 4.8 million additional people are enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP since the beginning of this year.
While there has been an increase in the number of people with health insurance, that doesn’t seem to have changed popular opinion about the law. Approval of it remains as bad as always.