President Barack Obama has often stated that the mission behind his desire to enact the Affordable Care Act was to secure quality health care coverage for America's "uninsured."
At the moment, that mission is working. It is too early to make the bold statement that the "mission is accomplished," but the early results are encouraging.
Gallup is reporting that the US uninsured rate is 16.1 percent in January, modestly down from 17.3 percent in December after the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) requirement for Americans to have health insurance took effect on Jan. 1. This decline is with the backdrop of nearly 12 million enrollees to Obamacare since the ACA was signed into law.
The survey by Gallup, known as the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, is based on more than 9,000 interviews with American adults collected Jan. 2-19.
Gallup calls it a "preliminary snapshot of the uninsured rate in January 2014, after several provisions of the ACA, commonly known as 'Obamacare,' took effect. The long-term impact of the ACA on the uninsured will take months to determine."
Gallup also said that the decline in January of "uninsured" are among those who are unemployed than it has among those who are employed. “The unemployed remain the subgroup with the highest uninsured rate at 34.1 percent, but the initial decline among this group suggests the health care law may be working as intended for unemployed adults."
There is also good news for non-whites. Gallup reports that “the uninsured rate among non-whites so far in January is 26.5 percent, compared with 29.1 percent in December 2013."
The poll also said that the preliminary results indicate that the "uninsured" rates have not declined disproportionately among younger Americans who continue to be more likely to be uninsured than older Americans.
That is also good news since signing up the young millenials has been a major focus of the effort to enlist Obamacare enrollees.
The mission is moving forward.
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