The general American public may not necessarily have warmed up to Obamacare, but that’s not stopping them from signing up for it. A recent survey has revealed that the number of American adults without health insurance is declining. Since January, it has fallen from 15.6 percent to 13.4 percent. This trend is attributed to more individuals signing up to the President’s health care plan.
This newest survey was taken by Gallup, and its results were released online Monday. According to the survey, this is the lowest monthly uninsured rate recorded since the company began tracking five years ago, beating the previous low of 13.9 percent in September 2008. The uninsured rate appears to have peaked at 18 percent in late 2013; however, since then it has steadily dropped. The uninsured rates have fallen most among Blacks, Hispanics, and lower-income Americans. The survey’s results are based on more than 14,700 interviews with Americans from April 2014, as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
Officials from the Obama administration cited the Gallup survey as evidence of the law’s effectiveness, Bloomberg reported. Although the government has been able to confidently say that eight million Americans signed up for the health insurance plan in 2014, they were unable determine how many of those who signed didn’t previously have health insurance.
The numbers in coverage for Obamacare have risen, but Americans’ overall opinion toward the health care law remains considerably low. A separate survey conducted by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation found that, overall, only 38 percent of Americans had a favorable view of the law, and 46 percent of those interviewed had an unfavorable view.
“The recent surge in sign-ups for the new health-care exchanges has had little impact on public opinion about the Affordable Care Act. In fact, the share disapproving the law is as high as it has been in the four year history of the law,” the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press explained, Bloomberg reported. Even with the high number of success, in regard to the eight million Americans to have signed up so far, nearly 60 percent feel this number is far below the government’s expectations.
What the most recent survey fails to show is the increasing decline of support among younger Americans. This is important, since they are the health law's target demographic. Only about 28 percent of the eight million in private exchange plans are aged 18 to 34, a new report revealed last week.