Gallup Poll: U.S. Uninsured Rate Down 1.2% since end of 2013
Submitted by Charles Gaba on Monday, March 10, 2014 - 3:41pm.
Hat Tip To:
Steve Ciccarelli, rsmpdx
There's a lot of buzz today about a new Gallup poll which states that the total uninsured rate has fall by about 1.2% since the end of last year:
The percentage of Americans without health insurance continues to fall, measuring 15.9% so far in 2014 compared with 17.1% in the fourth quarter of 2013.
These data are based on more than 28,000 interviews with Americans from Jan. 2-Feb. 28, 2014, as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. With only a few weeks remaining in the first quarter, the uninsured rate is on track to be the lowest quarterly level that Gallup and Healthways have measured since 2008.
A few things to keep in mind here.
Obviously, there's a lot of speculation as to just how much of that 2.9 million can be attributed to the Affordable Care Act. Perhaps all of it. Perhaps some of it. I find it very difficult, however, for anyone to honestly say that none of it is due to the ACA.
Anyway, I don't have a lot more to say about this particular poll, but several people have brought it to my attention today and it's obviously directly related to this site's mission, so I figured I should at least mention it.