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Obamacare Slashes Uninsured Rates for Blacks, Hispanics

Posted on September 15, 2012 by admin

One of the primary goals of the Affordable Care Act was to provide coverage for blacks, Hispanics, and all low-income Americans. In comparison to the rest of the country, these groups were largely uninsured and unprotected. Moreover, the latest Gallup poll indicates that Obamacare can add another particularly sweet victory to its résumé. As of the beginning of June 2014, all three of these demographics have seen an increase in coverage.

From April 1 to May 31, the survey was done over the phone and encompassed interviews of over 30,000 American adults. Its results were encouraging. First and foremost, the uninsured rate of black Americans is currently 14.7 percent, down 6.2 percent since the fourth quarter of 2013. Hispanics, in comparison, saw a dive of 5.6 percentage points in the same amount of time. Furthermore, even white Americans saw a dip in their uninsured rate, going down three percent.

But this isn’t to say that the work of the Affordable Care Act is done or that the nation no longer needs help lowering the uninsured rate of its citizens. The blacks and Hispanics in this study still feature uninsured rates that are higher than desirable. Even with the notable decreases on both sides, the uninsured rate for blacks is 14.7 percent, and Hispanics face an even greater foe of a rate at 33.1 percent. Nevertheless, the study provides some comfort for the easily frightened. From the end of 2013 to June of 2014, there has been a 3.7-percent decrease in the overall rate of uninsured adults, bringing the total percentage down to 13.4 percent.

To add to the positivity, the Gallup poll also demonstrated that those households with a combined income of $36,000 or less have also seen a drop in their uninsured rate. Dropping from 30.7 percent to a more manageable 24.7 percent, this group of Americans has received a much needed boost in their coverage.

Though the changes in percentage are not as substantial as many would like them to be, the Gallup poll does reassure Americans of the healthcare law’s proficiency for success. Each month, it seems that there is another notch to add to the Affordable Care Act’s proverbial belt, whether it has to do with providing Medicaid to more Americans than ever before or simply making health insurance much more accessible. As time passes, Obamacare continues to prove its ability to not just survive, but help Americans flourish.