9 In 10 Adults Covered? Thanks, ObamaCare



Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar: Survey: Nearly 9 In 10 US Adults Now Have Health Insurance

Underlining a change across the nation, nearly 9 out of 10 adults now say they have health insurance, according to an extensive survey released Monday. As recently as 2013, slightly more than 8 out of 10 had coverage. The Gallup-Healthways survey found that the share of adults who lack insurance dropped to 11.9 percent for the first three months of this year, the lowest level since that survey began its tracking in 2008. The latest update overlaps with the period when the health law’s second sign-up season was winding down. Coverage gains from 2014-2015 translate to about 3.6 million fewer adults uninsured since the fall, before open enrollment got under way, according to Gallup. “The Affordable Care Act had three major objectives: increase coverage, slow the rate of increase in costs, and improve health,” said Dan Witters, research director for the poll.

“The first one is clearly a win. Coverage is increasing; there is no question about it.” On balance, an estimated 14.75 million adults have gained coverage since the fall of 2013, when the law’s first open enrollment season was about to begin, according to Gallup. Hispanics saw the biggest coverage gains of any ethnic or racial group. The uninsured rate dropped 8.3 points among Latinos since the end of 2013. Recent gains in coverage have benefited people up and down the income ladder. But the most notable improvement has been among those making less than $36,000 a year, a group that traditionally struggled to get and keep health insurance. Their uninsured rate dropped 8.7 points since the end of 2013.

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131 Responses to “9 In 10 Adults Covered? Thanks, ObamaCare”

  1. April 13, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    GA TOD! Thanks again for your wonderful ACA coverage, Nerdy!

  2. April 13, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Once again we are shown how the main GOP fear about ACA is the fear it will be successful. And IT IS!

  3. April 13, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    WASHINGTON– The Affordable Care Act was designed to slash the percentage of Americans who lack health insurance, and it’s working. The uninsured rate fell to 11.9 percent during the first quarter of this year, 1 percentage point below the rate at the close of 2014, according to the findings of a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index poll published Monday. The decline coincides with the start of benefits for new Obamacare enrollees at the beginning of 2015. The latest uninsured figure from the Gallup survey is the lowest since the polling firm began tracking the number in 2008, and contributes to a remarkable decline of 5.2 percentage points in the share of people without health coverage since the end of 2013, just before the first wave of Obamacare health insurance enrollees joined the ranks of the insured….

    African-Americans, Hispanics and people with low incomes saw the greatest gains in insurance coverage, Gallup found. Some of the increase in the proportion of Americans with health coverage likely is related to the improving job market, and the health benefits provided by employers, Gallup notes. But the pollsters conclude that Obamacare is mostly responsible for the current trend because the uninsured rate is lower than it was in early 2008, when the economy was in recession. About 12 million people are covered by private health insurance obtained via the exchanges, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. A separate analysis published by the department last month estimates that 16 million fewer Americans are uninsured because of the Obamacare coverage expansion, including the exchanges and Medicaid…cont”

  4. 16 Don
    April 13, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Good read!

  5. April 13, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    “Each year, the U.S. government tells Americans how much money the country spends on stuff, like houses, cars, and alcohol. Organizing this information by income, Josh Zumbrun at The Wall Street Journal produces this nice chart of spending on food, health care, and other categories. Two clear stories. To the far left: The richest 10 percent spend much less of their income on food. To the far right: The richest 10 percent spend much more of their income on insurance (and relatively more than all but the very poorest on education).

    When you have money, you spend less on the stuff that ensures you survive the day and more on the stuff that ensures that you (and your children, and your possessions, and your estate) survive and thrive for many years. Poverty is a chaos that screams in the present tense, and the anxiety of having no money forces poorer families to direct their attention to immediate concerns. As a result, the poor spend relatively more on what will keep them alive, because they must. And the rich spend more on what will keep them rich, because they can…continued”

  6. 18 jacquelineoboomer
    April 13, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Nerdy – Thank YOU for also helping to get the word out on Obamacare, its various provisions, deadlines, etc. You are an Obamacare star!

    In boring crooked Republican news:

  7. April 13, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    • 21 GGail
      April 13, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      RanMan, this speaks for me too! Thank you. I would like to have this as a bumper, no, a back window sticker!

  8. April 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Hi TODers,
    longtime no hear. I’m on cloud nine. Dearest Daughter got married this weekend in a beautiful traditional ceremony. Then today they sealed it with a civil ceremony. I’m happy and wistful at the same time. My baby’s all grown up. Life’s amazing cycles.

    On another note, I see the Hillary train is choo-chooing along the Mid-West trail, while Liar Rubio is jumping aboard the Klown kar? So many waterboy jokes, so little time. 😁😁😁

  9. 32 forus50
    April 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    But those 9 in10 insured must all be men, right Planned Parenthood? Ok, I’ll stop.

  10. 36 Deb
    April 13, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    This is one of the many reason why whoever wants to be the democratic nominee better support President Obama period. People who supported President Obama just don’t kinda like him we love him. People stood for hours to vote for him despite all the voter suppression. All those HRC supporters who would never stand up for President Obama’s accomplishments, those wishy washy people like Ed Rendell better understand that we will not tolerate them not supporting him. If you want to be democratic nominee and win the election they better get with the program.

  11. 39 Vicki
    April 13, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you again, Nerdy, for highlighting this best news of all. Obamacare is strengthening and gathering steam everyday.
    The published numbers usually reveal how many have purchased plans on the ACA and state marketplaces, but the effects are so much wider than that.
    Kids still on parents plan people with pre-existing conditions now able to get coverage
    Expanded Medicaid, etc.

    Happy days!

  12. 41 MightyPamela
    April 13, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I ❤ Obamacare. No way would I be managing without it now. Thank you, President Obama.

  13. April 13, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    “The boat’s journey likely began four years ago, across the Pacific, in the wake of devastation. A big piece of the vessel is believed to have broken off in a tsunami and traveled thousands of miles from Japan before it arrived off the central coast of Oregon. Some passengers were still aboard when the ship’s remains were found this week: About 20 yellowtail jack fish, representing a species usually found in the waters off Japan.

    Police from Oregon inspecting fishing licenses a couple of miles off-shore on Thursday came across the 25- to 30-foot piece of what appears to have once been a 50-foot commercial fishing vessel, said Chris Havel, spokesman for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The boat — or at least what’s left of it — has been hauled into a port and will be checked for any sort of markers or numbers that could help officials conclusively deduce the boat’s origins, Havel said….continued”


  14. 43 Don
    April 13, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    I see that Marco Rubio is announcing that he’s running for President sometime tonight in Miami. I didn’t know that there was a thirst for him to run. See what I did there folks, I used thirst in a sentence to describe Rubio knowing that he has a problem with speaking before a camera and drinking water.

  15. 46 GGail
    April 13, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    It’s always good to hear positive news about healthcare coverage in the US – thanks NW.

  16. 48 GGail
    April 13, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Judith – I see your tweet on the sidebar under OFA tweets – you GO team OR !!! 🙂

  17. 51 Nerdy Wonka
    April 13, 2015 at 3:28 pm

  18. April 13, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Great news. Health insurance changes lives!

  19. 53 Don
    April 13, 2015 at 3:31 pm


    bin laden
    the auto industry
    Syria’s chemical weapons

    • April 13, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Don’t forget alternative energy. That’s where she really took charge. Oh wait…

    • 55 nospin
      April 13, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      aahhh Don – I wouldn’t start that if I were you. They are already crediting ObamaCare to Hillary.

      Don’t believe me?

      Here are five items from the list of HRC’s accomplishments. I sh*t you not.

      1. Married to a man named Bill, who plays the saxophone.”
      2. Former First Lady of Arkansas (in short — Bill Clinton’s wife)
      3. Former First Lady of Arkansas (in short – Bill Clinton’s wife)
      4. Self proclaimed Pantsuit Aficionado.
      5. Even though her major initiative, the Clinton healthcare plan, failed (due to Republican obstruction), you cannot deny that it laid ground for what we have today, the Affordable Healthcare Act

      Here’s A List Of Hillary Clinton’s Accomplishments, So Quit Saying She Doesn’t Have Any

      • 56 nospin
        April 13, 2015 at 5:02 pm

        correction number 3 was former First Lady of the United States – (in short – Bill Clinton’s wife)

  20. 57 Linda
    April 13, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    73 yo ” Reserve Officer ” will be charged with 2nd degree Manslaughter.

    What about the cop who said ” F__k your breath ” ? The man yelled he could not breath just like Eric Garner.

  21. 58 forus50
    April 13, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    • 59 Sandy1110
      April 13, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Totally agree with this tweet – I want the a**hole who said that to a dying man. I’d at least like his name and face made known.

  22. April 13, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    A few other updates, via RTs, in the sidebar … 🙂

  23. 65 Linda
    April 13, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) told ABC News that he is thinks he can be the candidate to lead America into the 21st Century. The problem is that the 21st Century began 15 years ago.

    During an interview with ABC News, Rubio said, “I think this country’s at a generational moment where it needs to decide not what party it wants in charge but what kind of country are we going to want to be moving forward. I think the 21st century can be the American century, and I believe that I can lead this country in that direction. I can help lead it there from the Senate. I can lead it there as president.”


    Good Grief…. The Stupid Party strikes again.

    • 66 Ladyhawke
      April 13, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      Marco Rubio rolls the dice

      By Steve Benen


      But if one looks past the rhetoric – and the Beltway media’s affection – there’s simply nothing moderate about Rubio’s approach to governing. Rubio, for example, is a climate denier, despite representing Florida. He embraced a far-right line on contraception access and marriage equality. Rubio voted against the Violence Against Women Act. He’s argued that social-insurance programs like Medicare and Social Security “actually weakened us as a people.”

      Rubio, who has no meaningful legislative accomplishments to his name after four years in the Senate, believes in debt-ceiling hostage strategies; he sees government shutdowns as a worthwhile tool; he’s rejected the very idea of a federal minimum wage; and he remains convinced that George W. Bush did a “fantastic job” as president.



    • April 13, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      Mr. Rubio you haven’t done a dam thing as Senator. What important legislation have Rubio passed?

  24. 68 kid kanga
    April 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    More great news for Obamacare! I just re-posted the bumper sticker to my facebook the other day, love it. As papa Joe would say, “still a BFD!”

  25. April 13, 2015 at 4:46 pm

  26. 70 Linda
    April 13, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Sheriff Compares Killing Of Black Man To Mistake ‘Made In An Operating Room’

    Aside from being a reserve deputy, Bates is an insurance company executive who has donated thousands of dollars in equipment to the sheriff’s office. Glantz described him to the newspaper as a friend going back some 50 years who also had served as his insurance agent.

    The Tulsa World previously reported that Bates chaired Glantz’s 2012 re-election effort and donated $2,500 to the sheriff’s campaign.

    Asked whether the shooting was justified, Glantz told the newspaper that the question was difficult to answer.

    “It was unintentional,” he said. “You know, justified means you had reason to do something. He had reason to get the gun out when the guy was fleeing.”


  27. April 13, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Has anyone seen any of the interviews that the president did today?

  28. April 13, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    FLOTUS and the school kids will plant the WH garden Wednesday.

  29. 74 JER
    April 13, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    LIVE NOW: Supermarket Fire, South Amboy, New Jersey – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  30. April 13, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    All 50 states, yeah!!

  31. April 13, 2015 at 5:36 pm


  32. 87 No Child Left Behind
    April 13, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Good Afternoon TODVille.

    I know some here like me couldn’t wait to hear this good news:

  33. 92 No Child Left Behind
    April 13, 2015 at 5:38 pm

  34. 93 Nena20409
    April 13, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    I ❤ Health Care Newsy Posts. Thanks Nerdy.
    Gallup has adults without Heath Insurance at 11.9%……down from 17% plus. Thanks President Obama 😉
    Congrats LP on your Solid Au ⭐ 🙂
    May 8th, POTUS Goes to South Dakota…….

    Back to catching up TOD!

    • 94 COS
      April 13, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      Gallup polled me yesterday.

      • 95 donna dem 4 obama
        April 13, 2015 at 6:19 pm

        Really? What kind of questions did they ask you?

      • April 13, 2015 at 6:31 pm

        WOW, COS. Please share what happened.

        • 97 COS
          April 13, 2015 at 7:51 pm

          They asked all kinds of questions, re general stuff like salary, taxes, retirement status, whether I consider myself middle class, etc. The questions regarding PBO were, am I satisfied with him? do I like his leadership? Is he honest and trustworthy and other questions? They asked How did I feel about congress and Washington, my political party status and a lot of irrelevant type questions. Needless to say, My answers re PBO were all positive. They even asked how much money did I spend the day before?

  35. 99 vcprezofan2
    April 13, 2015 at 5:52 pm

  36. April 13, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    What a difference a day makes:

    • 101 Nena20409
      April 13, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Under what tutorial expertise did Chuck Todd merit to Letter Grade any politician?
      Charles Todd does think highly of himself. Drop-out from college who majored in music? A Political Science PhD holder? Seriously?

    • 102 donna dem 4 obama
      April 13, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      These pundits are ridiculous. How can you judge a campaign based on one day’s activities.

      Chuck Todd please go sit down and shut up!

  37. 104 Nena20409
    April 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm

  38. 105 Nena20409
    April 13, 2015 at 6:02 pm

  39. 111 Nena20409
    April 13, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Vapid=Diversity Ruth Marcus?
    Folks she is a PUMA.
    Now I have seen it all today……Ruth Marcus attacking her one and only? 18 months is going to be a bumpy ride 😉

  40. 114 Nena20409
    April 13, 2015 at 6:21 pm

  41. April 13, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Listening to Marco Rubio….

    one thing i noticed he copies the meme of the President..everyone seems to be using his blueprint…however as someone pointed out up thread…it is the details that says it all

  42. 119 Vicki
    April 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I hope others here have watched Marco Rubio’s entry into the 2016 campaign. I am eager to hear what TOD thinks.

    Here is my take: He hit every far right talking point.
    He displayed his fluent Spanish.
    His eyes welled up when speaking about his father.
    HRC was called “a candidate from yesterday.” Also implicating Jeb in the too old judgement. Rubio emphasized generational change.

    His opinions are disgusting.
    But this is a very talented politician. A young, handsome, strong speaker. A con-man par excellence

    My assessment is that Marco Rubio should not be sold short. Very dangerous.

    • April 13, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      A con-man par excellence….his record is there for all to see….so although he spoke some words as if he was a middle class champion…he is far from it….as the President defined Romney early in the campaign…the dems must do the same…define them before they can define themselves…esp after they get beat up in the primary….

    • 121 pickle48
      April 13, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Oh, you little puppy. The big dogs are going to eat you up.

    • April 13, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      I didn’t watch. Can’t stand him. But this is an editor from Think Progress. WTF?

  43. April 13, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    I had to step of from social media yesterday because I was getting so upset with many of the comments from Hillary supporters. The ‘coronation’ mania was just too much. After a quiet night, I had second thoughts, some echoed the article by Foxfire on the previous post, and some the statement made in The People’s View article below. My strong feelings came from the way the Clintons ran the 2008 campaign and the way they tried to damage President Obama. Those hurts are deep and are made deeper by the fact that they came from our own side. 2. I dislike the way H. Clinton has not always supported the president in the way I think she should have. I share the opinion expressed by some at TOD that she is not trustworthy and doubt her motives for running. But the real pain comes from knowing that President Obama will not be our president forever, and that there really is no one who could replace him. No. One. Not Clinton, not O’Malley, not even Biden (who would definitely come the closest and whom I would support wholeheartedly). . How blessed I am to have been able to be an infinitesimal part of this Age of Obama, to have voted for him twice (two of the proudest moments of my life), and to have been able to so deeply appreciate our great president and share that appreciation with everyone here. How awful to be so blinded by hatred that you miss sharing in this great moment. So if I admit to myself that what I really want is the impossible PBO Term 3, I can perhaps move toward accepting whoever comes next. I think the idea of a maintenance president is one that allows me to accept what is coming. I want to protect President Obama’s legacy, I want to keep moving forward, and I want to make sure a Democrat is in charge of filling the Supreme Court vacancies that will probably appear. I hope more candidates appear and I really hope there will be a strong primary. But I think I’m easier in my mind, a little, that that change is going to come.


    • April 13, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      ohhhh mary….you hit it:

      But the real pain comes from knowing that President Obama will not be our president forever, and that there really is no one who could replace him. No. One. Not Clinton, not O’Malley, not even Biden (who would definitely come the closest and whom I would support wholeheartedly). . How blessed I am to have been able to be an infinitesimal part of this Age of Obama, to have voted for him twice (two of the proudest moments of my life), and to have been able to so deeply appreciate our great president and share that appreciation with everyone here.


    • 126 FoxfireTX
      April 13, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      Maryl, I’m with you. It was easier to accept everything when I realized there isn’t a candidate out there that will provoke in me the passion and devotion I have to PBO. Although I was alive during the Kennedy era, I was too young to feel this kind of passion. From that perspective, for me he is a once in a lifetime president. I would love to see another term for him so he could truly get the changes he’s made cemented, but of course that is a fantasy. And like many here, it has taken me 6 years to get over Hillary’s slights of him in 2008. I wasn’t a supporter then, and I do not trust her. But she is a smart woman and I am cautiously optimistic that she learned from him in her tenure at State. And I will do everything in my power to protect his legacy. So here we are. I do think this weekend was hard for many of us, remembering the excitement we felt in 2007. I am hopeful that it will get a little easier as the campaigns go on.

    • 127 vcprezofan2
      April 13, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      Great Spandan post, also, anyone who hasn’t yet should read the comments that follow it. There was a very interesting back and forth discussion that explores the very issues raised here, and then some.

    • April 13, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      What you’ve captured, I think, is that we are now confronting a very painful truth and transition: President Obama’s term is about to come to a close. It is extremely difficult for many of us to come to terms with this reality and to try and imagine the next person to fill this office is really really really excruciating. No one will ever fulfill the promise in the way he has. No one.

      I so fervently HOPE that the next POTUS is a DEM who is fresh and openly committed to PBO’s legacy. I don’t see it yet but I’m really hoping it comes to pass.

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