ObamaCare: ‘More Got Insurance In First Half Of 2014 Than Lost It In 8 Years Of Bush’



LOL GOP: More Americans Gained Insurance In The First Half Of 2014 Than Lost It Under 8 Years Of Bush

Of George W. Bush’s myriad of failures that continue to wreck havoc at home and abroad, 7.9 million Americans losing their health insurance rarely gets mentioned. “When [former president Bill] Clinton left office, the number of uninsured Americans stood at 38.4 million,” Ron Brownstein wrote in 2009. “By the time [former president George W.] Bush left office that number had grown to just over 46.3 million, an increase of nearly 8 million or 20.6 percent.” And as Bush left office, the percentage of those without insurance continued to grow as millions continued to lose their jobs in the recession President Obama inherited. But in 2011 the percentage of uninsured began to shrink slightly as the Affordable Care Act went into effect.

That shrinkage leveled out over the next two years but 2014 will likely offer the biggest reduction in the uninsured population at least in decades. The Incidental Economist‘s Aaron Carroll — who hosts a great YouTube series called Healthcare Triage — looked at a new survey from Gallup and found that it suggests “about 10-11 million Americans are newly insured this year. Almost 9 million of them received private insurance through the exchanges.” This means far more Americans have gained health insurance in the first six months of this year than lost it under George W. Bush. It also means that every prediction Republicans have made about this law has been wrong.

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142 Responses to “ObamaCare: ‘More Got Insurance In First Half Of 2014 Than Lost It In 8 Years Of Bush’”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    July 2, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Too late?

  2. July 2, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Thank yoooooou Nerdy – what a staggering statistic!!

  3. July 2, 2014 at 6:18 pm

  4. 17 carolyn
    July 2, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Next post, whoever does it, can you front page Ericfive’s and Japa’s excellent writings from two posts back? Those need all the viewing possible. Excellent posts get lost often in a big posting. Thanks. I think these two are very important!

  5. 26 0388jojothecat
    July 2, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Did the maternity and new born care go into effect this year or earlier? Can someone out there tell me? I have a friend whose daughter gave birth in late 2011. The baby was born premature and was not fully covered under her insurance. If that happens this year I think it would be covered under the well baby care part of the ACA.

  6. 27 hopefruit2
    July 2, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    • 28 Linda
      July 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Ugh…..Steve Kornaki is subbing for Tweety this week…..Steve is obsessed with digging into the weeds on all subjects.

      Tweety just hyperventilates the newest talking point with his hair on fire.

      • 29 hopefruit2
        July 2, 2014 at 6:37 pm

        Kornaki is not great either – his approach is just different but it’s all the same result – I recall him saying that the ACA was a disaster (when it clearly wasn’t), and going along with the silly anti-Obama beltway narrative.

        • July 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm

          The only thing that msnbc does that’s liberal is they consistently push gay rights almost every program, morning, noon and night.
          Otherwise, they go with RNC talking points daily.

          • 31 Vicki
            July 2, 2014 at 7:07 pm

            gay rights expansion is not competitive with corporate needs and desires. Hencemany DLC conservadems—Cuomo, Clinton push gay rights as if that speaks to their larger truth. See me? I’m in favor of equality.

            When a liberal policy goes against the corporations then you see the true colors of many so-called liberal progressive make-believe Democrats.

        • 34 anniebella
          July 2, 2014 at 6:48 pm

          I don’t like Kornaki at all. I have tried watching him on Hardball, can’t.

          • 35 anniebella
            July 2, 2014 at 6:50 pm

            And why is it that Michael Steele seem to be every where. Don’t care for him either.

      • 36 0388jojothecat
        July 2, 2014 at 7:39 pm

        I no longer watch Kornaki-Kripsy-Kreme-news-pundit on Saturdays anymore. I stopped watching Tweety-spittle-Matthews too.

    • July 2, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      The topic should be does the media have a journalism problem???

      • 38 Vicki
        July 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm

        There you go, ladyhawke. You nailed it

      • 39 0388jojothecat
        July 2, 2014 at 7:53 pm

        I agree with you Ladyhawke….the media has been manipulating us emotionally since President Carter or even before. I remember when candidate Jimmy Carter was treated with the same rock-star-new-hope for America like President Obama. Then when he started messing with Corporations, breaking up the monopolies the media started calling him “weak” and when we had high inflation they were making fun of him, and that’s when the wheels started to bring the Alzheimer patient Ronnie Raygun B actor to fool the people into voting for him. Since then I never trusted the news media. That is when journalism died for me. They did the same thing to President Ford and Papa Bush because he would not let the banksters and corporations do what they wanted so they had to make them look weak to get rid of them. Whoever is running the show they don’t care what party is in power as long as they get their way.

      • July 2, 2014 at 10:36 pm

        I agree with you 100%!

  7. 41 Dudette
    July 2, 2014 at 6:26 pm

  8. July 2, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Rachel maddow made a chart that proved that democrats were split with the seven choices if presidents they were given.
    And republicans were all united in the choices they made.
    Fir worst president, republicans chose Barack, for best President republicans chose Reagan.
    Democrats were spit with theses choices, which made their vote splintered and not as powerful.
    Conclusion: maddow blog said The poll found that republicans really hate
    Barack and love Reagan, but we knew that already

    The propaganda part is wily and sly. They chose the questions knowing full right how they’d be answered by Dems and Republicans.
    Then, they release it to major news organizations to pimp how Barack sucks and the public hates him.
    No, not the public, just the unified 33% of the public that said the President is worst ever. And the 35% who said Reagan is best ever. You know, the republicans.
    Do the math, it’s all right there like the maddow chart reveals!
    It’s very sly…

    • 43 anniebella
      July 2, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      In other word Jovie, pollsters can manipulate polls to get the out come they want.

      • July 2, 2014 at 6:58 pm

        Yes with the electorate being as it may. They choose questions carefully.
        Remember, a good lawyer only asks questions he already knows the answer to.

  9. 45 kasai
    July 2, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    🙂 A friend sent me this… Funny thing is I sculpted on long ago…

  10. July 2, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    • 104 Dudette
      July 2, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      … and it begins. As beautiful as coastal NC is, this is why I wouldn’t move there. One road in, one road out too.

  11. 105 forus50
    July 2, 2014 at 7:01 pm

  12. July 2, 2014 at 7:16 pm

  13. 109 forus50
    July 2, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    I know I’m a few days late but want to wish a happy belated 26 million Chipsticks!!!! Thanks to you and Nerdy Wonka and LL. and the others who contribute their time and talents to this beautiful home for so many of us. I’m not sure there’s been a day in the past several years that I haven’t visited The Obama Diary for news, laughter and friendship. Love you all!!

  14. July 2, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    GE TOD! A little trip down memory lane from August of last year with the ‘March on Washington’

  15. 114 japa21
    July 2, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Good evening folks. Have I mentioned lately how much I hate this summer? Probably not, since I don’t. Has been more than slightly wet, hot and humid, but the heat and humidity broke and looks like a beautiful holiday weekend is coming up. And it is a weekend where we have to remember the real goal of the founding fathers, to create a country where everybody mattered, not just a privileged view.

    Sure there were a few shortcomings, like the slavery issue (I know, more than a mere shortcoming), the disregard for women, but they still thought the country was people centered, not corporation centered.

    Unfortunately, it now appears that those shortcomings, which we had seemed to outgrow, are the main goals of many people. Oh, not slavery in the literal sense (though some might really think that wouldn’t be so bad) but a form of slavery nonetheless. Keep people earning just enough to get by, keep them from being able to have a life, and specially keep them from thinking to much about how their lives really could be better. Put women back where they belong, barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen.

    Let the corporation matter the most.

    And most important of all, forget anything the founding fathers thought about religion’s role in society. No, go back even before that to the early Massachusetts colonies. Go back, if need be, to the Salem witch trial era.

    This attitude must be and will be stopped. If we nonchalantly ignore it, or say it won’t really take over our society and our country, we will wake up one morning wondering how the hell all those other people allowed this hostile takeover to happen. Ignoring the fact that we were part of that group that allowed it to happen.

    It isn’t enough for us to vote. We have to make sure others vote. It doesn’t matter if we are in a safe Democratic district or state, we still have to vote. We have to make sure that those conspiring to take over this country not only don’t win at all levels, but that they are thoroughly trounced.

    Let us dedicate ourselves this weekend to the proposition that “all men are created equal” and that we are all entitled to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and that, as Lincoln said four score and seven years later, the this “government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth”.

    • July 2, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Well now, that’s another gem.

      Japa, I’ve just read your comment on the Civil Rights Act after being alerted by Carolyn (I was out with Danny, busy getting stung by nettles – don’t want to talk about it).

      Would you be okay with me posting that comment next? It was simply wonderful.

      • 116 japa21
        July 2, 2014 at 7:36 pm

        Chips, you may do whatever you want. It is your blog after all and I haven’t heard back from the copyright office yet.

  16. 119 donna dem 4 obama
    July 2, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    ‘m going to speak to this just from a personal perspective. I’ve watched many Presidents in my day. I didn’t just become interested in politics when PBO came along. I volunteered for Clinton, Gore, John Kerry and then President Obama. I sort of watched Bush because my kids were over there fighting in that gawd awful war so I was tuned into cable and read the Washington Post religiously during his Presidency. Times have changed so much with the progression of technology and the internet I have to say that of course President Obama’s Presidency is the most visible. White House dot org was a nothing site before this administration. Being able to follow PBO daily gives me an insight into his Presidency that was never available to me before. I can tell you that Bush did very few events and when he did venture out it was to some military facility so that he could attempt to flex his C-I-C creds. It was always just a big photo op. His speeches were boring and you could only stand to listen to him speak for a minute or two before you felt violently ill. (no kidding) He was not well liked abroad because our standing in the World was piss-poor thanks to his Iraq War. Surprisingly Africa is the only country that I can remember that welcomed him warmly. Mainly because his funding for Aids in Africa is probably the only decent thing he did in his 8 years as President.

    Clinton was visible and you would see on the evening news that he had traveled abroad or ventured out into DC. He remained relatively popular and was fortunate that the economy was doing quite well during his Presidency so even though he was mired in scandal from the day he stepped foot into the WH his approval stayed quite high. The country didn’t become quite so partisan until the Lewinsky scandal took place and you could feel the shift taking place after his impeachment.

    IMO the Presidency was always been given the benefit of the doubt by the MSM. Papa Bush got it until he raised taxes on them. Clinton got it until the blue dress showed up. Bush got it until investigations outside of the media discovered that there were no weapons of mass destruction. President Obama got no honeymoon when he became President. CNN did a report card show on his first 50 days in office. Those bogus, staged town halls on Obamacare were no longer just being talked about on cable. Suddenly we were seeing this crap on the evening news and it was being reported as if it was real outrage by every person in the country. PBO kept right on doing his job. He worked tirelessly and never gave up on ACA and we got that bill through Congress and it is now law and millions of people have health care because regardless of what impact it had on him politically he was determined to see it through. Another testament to the character of this man.

    The Republicans along with their enablers our MSM have used every trick in the book to bring him down but he just keeps doing his job. He travels the country from end to end talking to America. Practically every day there is some event at the WH, social media, unconventional media or somewhere in the country that he is involved with. He honors our military constantly and salutes our sports heroes almost weekly. He’s brilliant, handsome, affable, congenial, a great dad and husband and the hippest guy we have ever had grace the halls of the West Wing.

    This angers the Right and the media because he doesn’t care what they think of him. He was hired by us to do a job and he is determined to do just that. There has never been a President who has worked as hard for all of America. Half will never appreciate that but it’s okay he’s still there President too. And when the tornadoes and hurricanes sweep through their towns and cities he’ll go and give them assurance that he’ll be there to see them through and help to restore sanity to their life’s.

    No poll will ever capture what he does each and everyday for this country. Skewered or weighted it doesn’t matter. The appreciation of our Nation is for the history books. The job of his supporters, those of us who know better, is to make sure that those who aren’t paying attention never forget!

  17. 126 dotster3
    July 2, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Jennifer Palmeri maybe not the best spokesperson to combat Kornacki’s pounding on the Q poll, Kornacki acting as if that poll came down from on high, had no suspect demographics, as if those 1000+ people accurately reflected the opinions of 300 million. That was a stupid display by Kornacki——not allowing any skepticism as to the accuracy of some stupid poll, acting as if he was just blown away by it, as if it was the final word, as if all polls were infallible. Please—–and gag. At Least Corn called it a junk poll.

    • 127 Linda
      July 2, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      I just commented on her… I thought she was horrible .. and why did she not know about the cross tabs of that poll.

      For that matter , why didn’t Kornacki who was hyperventilating about it ?

      I thought I read earlier that 82% said they voted for Romney.

      • 128 Linda
        July 2, 2014 at 7:41 pm

        David Korn always has to add his ” I don’t think the President is doing a good job communicating ” ( or something like that )… he says that all the time.

      • 129 japa21
        July 2, 2014 at 7:42 pm

        That last isn’t true. It is just that the demographics were horrible. Using only 7% latino when they represent 17%. Giving the over 65 crowd 10% more participation than they are in the population and 37% of the respondents were from southern states.

      • 132 dotster3
        July 2, 2014 at 7:47 pm

        And every single news outlet is including it in their news programs tonight—–just saw it on local NBC Chgo news——–treating this poll as if it was the most accurate poll of all time, the final word. Our news media is a harmful disaster.

  18. 133 Linda
    July 2, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Who ever that woman was ( Palmeri ) the WH sent out on MSNBC was HORRIBLE ! Keep her off camera…

    • July 2, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      One person said she was great, another says she sucked.

      • 135 dotster3
        July 2, 2014 at 7:52 pm

        I can confidently say she was not great. Stumbled and fumbled around, seemed to not be prepared. Part of it was Kornacki who was putting on some Oscar worthy fainting spell about it—–and kept making inflated, false accusations.

  19. 136 Layla
    July 2, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I am tired of this poll/image shit! A distraction is what this is AGAIN! Tomorrow they will move on to another distraction..I’m not playing their game. Just my opinion.

    • 137 carolyn
      July 2, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      I’m not playing their game either, and not buying into their hyperventilation. I know we must be aware of real news, even if it’s negative. But, this poll is not real news. It is manufactured, and it is tiresome that MSNBC gives so much time to these right wing diversions. We stopped watching Rev. Al because he just showed SO MUCH Fox, etc, then had little time to rebut it. However, by showing these negative clips over and over, they reinforce the original message. The rebuttal doesn’t get into heads. I wrote him and asked him to stop showing so much negative, and gave him my reasons. However, we just stopped watching.

      We watched David Muir on ABC tonight. I was in the kitchen, but didn’t hear this trash about the poll, but wasn’t concentrating. His opening is always weather! He loves weather. Last night he showed TWO clips of the President watching the soccer game, and standing and cheering. That was great. Tonight he had a segment on TSA’s new airline security precautions. We watch him whenever he’s on for Diva Diane. He does not give opinions, either. Just gives facts.

    • 140 hopefruit2
      July 2, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      Well we should harvest some of that salt for the nasty winters and heavy snowfalls up North!

  20. July 2, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    President Barack Obama had some economists in for lunch today at the White House, a closed-door affair to talk about — as the White House put it — accelerating economic growth, expanding opportunity and improving the competitiveness of the American economy.

    This is the roster, per the White House :
    Ben Bernanke , Distinguished Fellow in Residence, Brookings Institution
    Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Harvard University
    Edward Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University
    Robert Hall, Robert and Carole McNeil Joint Professor of Economics, Stanford University
    Kevin Hassett, State Farm James Q. Wilson Chair in American Politics and Culture, American Enterprise Institute
    Melissa Kearney, Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland; Director of the Hamilton Project
    Luigi Zingales, Robert C. McCormack Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

    When the former two-term Federal Reserve chairman and a former economist at the Fed (Hassett) — lunch with professors from the National Bureau of Economic Research (Glaeser, Zingales and Kearney), statistics surely start flying — if not forks.

    “He’s willing to consider new ideas,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said of the president hosting the luncheon. The economists, he said, “aren’t constrained by politics.”


  21. 142 Roberta in MN
    July 2, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    As far as I know, Palmeri doesn’t work for the WH. She used to and then she was an MSNBC analyst or DNC talking head.

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