Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gallup poll reports 12 million have obtained health insurance

The LA Times reports on a Gallup poll showing that estimates of Affordable Care Act signups are far higher than even those good news reports from the administration.

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s health law has led to an even greater increase in health coverage than previously estimated, according to new Gallup survey data, which suggest that about 12 million previously uninsured Americans have gained coverage since last fall.
That is millions more than Gallup found in March and suggests that as many as 4 million people signed up for some kind of insurance in the last several weeks as the first enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act drew to a close.
The poll reports on the characteristics of the newly insured.
They appear to be slightly younger than the population at large, with two-thirds between ages 18 and 49, compared to 55% of the population at large.
And they are about as healthy as the general population, according to their self-reported health status.
All that is good news for the President and the ACA.  But here is where it gets really interesting.  Democrats sign up for health insurance far more frequently than Republicans.

The newly insured also seem to reflect the nation’s deep political divide over the health law; 54% are Democrats, while just 24% are Republicans.Frank Newport, Gallup editor in chief, said that suggests Americans’ political leanings may be influencing their decisions about whether to get health insurance. Gallup has found that about three-quarters of Democrats approve of the health law, while just a sixth of Republicans do.
I guess the Rs are trying to reduce cognitive dissonance.  If you believe the right wing media lies about "Obamacare", then you need to behave consistently with those beliefs.  I guess that means you follow your beliefs into the emergency ward and maybe the grave.  Sigh.

Read the full article here.

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