Poll: Rate of uninsured Americans drops
April 7th, 2014
10:15 AM ET
5 months ago

Poll: Rate of uninsured Americans drops

(CNN) - A new survey indicates 15.6% of Americans don't have health insurance, marking the lowest rate since 2008.

According to a Gallup poll released Monday, the current rate is down from 18% in the third quarter of 2013, which was an all-time high.

The poll comes as good news for the White House, a week after it announced more than 7 million people had signed up on the federal and state exchanges for health care insurance.

The health care law also includes expanded Medicaid insurance for the poor in many states, but those participants are not part of the sign-up total.

For the health care law to work successfully, the Obama administration needs a significant portion of enrollees to be young. According to Gallup, "the uninsured rate dropped by about the same amount among adults aged 26 to 64 as it did among those aged 18-25."

The rate fell across every major demographic group, but it dropped the most for lower-income Americans and African-Americans.

Gallup interviewed 43,562 adults by telephone from January 2 to March 31. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus one percentage point.

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: Obamacare • Polls
soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Thank you Obamacare.
    I encourage all peoples, young and old, to continue to log into the website and review their options.

    April 7, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Would be even more if the GOP/Teatrolls would just get out of the friggin way, expand Medicaid in their states and do what they should be doing, instead of enacting state legislation across the country that is deliberately designed to screw with the ACA. Fact: it's succeeding and they're now desperate to find a way around that. It won't be long before the sea-change in their rhetoric occurs and they start trying to find ways to actually take credit for something they've spent 6 years viciously opposing and trying to repeal. Tick tock....how long until we start hearing "it was our idea in the first place" and "it's only working because we opposed it and forced changes", etc.? Oh yes, their desperate rationalizations, flip-flopping from who gets the "blame" to who gets the "credit"... just around the corner...

    April 7, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Winston Smith

    The A.C.A., must be doing something right. At least it's something to work with. As far as I can remember, the republican party didn't have a program to present to the people, plus they did all they could to prevent the current plan from coming to fruition. Why the people always come out last with the least to the republicans is beyond comprehension. But that's the way it always happens.

    April 7, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Sniffit

    And when, as experts predict, it has helped 30 MILLION get coverage by 2016, what will the GOP/Teatrolls argue then? Hmmmm? Should be fun to watch. The whole conservative movement is like watching cartoons.

    April 7, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It won't be long before the sea-change in their rhetoric occurs and they start trying to find ways to actually take credit for something they've spent 6 years viciously opposing and trying to repeal.
    -------------------------------------------------
    How pathetically true Sniffit.

    April 7, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. Winning

    Headline should have been "Despite the best efforts of CNN to make this law fail so we could report on the conflict, the rate of uninsured Americans drops."

    April 7, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. smith

    good news for everyone.

    April 7, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Nice to see people getting the coverage they need. Coverage that they could not afford before.

    April 7, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. rla

    Book cooking at its best- AND the cost of this farce is going to be devastating, the employer mandate has yet to come and that will through thousands if not millions onto government rolls... Can people not count anymore nor understand this is coming right out of your pocket to benefit a political power grab???
    This obama care has not done what it was touted as doing and the democrats just lie and change at a whim

    April 7, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    I'm sure we will be hearing that they cooked the books on this. The wingnut chorus is losing, so they will resort to anything and everything to protect themselves from the Independents who will realize they have been lied to ( again) on this subject. All of those low-income Red staters will be wondering why they have been screwed over by GOP when they gave then their votes and their free will in the last several elections.

    April 7, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Sniffit

    I think my favorite "rate of uninsured dropped" statistic is that the rate of uninsured dropped by 40% in Kentucky. Gotta love how foolish that makes McConnell look...well, how much MORE foolish. He already looks pretty foolish.

    April 7, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "Book cooking at its best-"

    President Mittens "Landslide" McRomney totally agrees.

    April 7, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Gurgyl

    It is going to be a huge SUCESS. By 2016' 26 million get insurance. But surprisingly it is a bad news for Koch Brothers that control insurance industry, Karl Rowe, Shelden Adelson od Las Vegas, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter that rant always. Thank you Obama. Democrats ought to proudly tell it is a success. This nation needed it for long, long, long time.

    April 7, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Chris

    The same survey that the Obama channel, I mean CNN is reporting on also indicates that the numbers are much lower when you look at the well-being index. According to that index, the White House has spun these numbers quite a bit. Oh, and they forgot to ask, how many of the people who were "forced" to sign up for ObamaCare were people that lost their insurance when all the cancellation letters went out? Quite promoting Obama and Hillary, they aren't any better for the country than another Bush.

    April 7, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. rs

    Predictably, the GOP will be angered and see this as being somehow "bad". "Ahhh, that horrible ACA, taking away the rights of Americans to be denied medical care"- especially in Red states, no doubt!

    April 7, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. Tampa Tim

    The $800 million the Kochs spent to derail ACA, was just more wasted pocket change for the billionaires.

    April 7, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. Tampa Tim

    Republicans have to really be angry that people with pre existing conditions can get insurance. The GOP reminds me of what you get when you leave fish in the sun for a week.

    April 7, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @Sniffit: "And when, as experts predict, it has helped 30 MILLION get coverage by 2016, what will the GOP/Teatrolls argue then? Hmmmm? Should be fun to watch. The whole conservative movement is like watching cartoons."

    I'd be more amused if the Supreme Court hadn't just given – in the nick of time, like Citizens United in 2010 – a great, big wet kiss in the form of McCutcheon v. FEC to the billionaire oligarchs who are trying to steal the 2014 election.

    Don't get complacent, folks! Dems need to get out and VOTE for their candidates on November 4, 2014.

    April 7, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. Silence DoGood

    Conspiracy theory revisited:
    -----–
    Obama doesn't have a good birth certificate.
    Yes he does – look he released it and Hawaii confirmed it.
    He must be lying because I don't like that result.
    ------
    ACA won't work to reduce the numbers of uninsured.
    Yes it will – look at these numbers.
    They must be lying because I don't like the result.

    April 7, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. Tampa Tim

    Chris – Speaking of spinning, you republicans are like a ceiling fan.

    April 7, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. Dar

    I love that the ACA is helping some of the people in our nation, BUT I dislike the part that it is hurting some of the hard working people that simply cannot afford their new premiums.
    I am in a catch 22 with this one. Helps. Hurts. New doctors. Loss of some full time employee's. Keeps children insured till 26. What is the real cost. The twist and turns of allowing some to opt out of the program. Others forced to abide by the law. What are the true numbers.
    Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys?
    All that I know is that the law is here to stay, so we must some how tell our government what and how we want it ran.
    Enough of the lies from both sides of the spectrum.

    April 7, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    rla, how is this book-cooking when this is a result from a polling group that is not exactly known for being in the hip pocket of the Left? I guess that, because you did not receive the affirmation you wanted, you are already spreading a vast conspiracy rumor that it will still fail. Suck it up, junior, and get used to the idea that the Heritage Foundation actually got something right for once.

    April 7, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    "Oh, and they forgot to ask, how many of the people who were "forced" to sign up for ObamaCare were people that lost their insurance when all the cancellation letters went out?"

    If insurance companies had been offering something other than junk policies, they wouldn't have cancelled them (which by the way they've always been able to do at any time and before Obamacare, for any reason).

    If you want to blame something, blame the free-market economy which says insurance companies can limit their networks of doctors and hospitals and their policies for whatever the market will bear. Don't like it? Move to England (or Canada or Sweden or Germany or any other industrialized Western nation). where you don't have to worry about the cost of healthcare.

    April 7, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. Tampa Tim

    Nothing will ever compare to the previous occupant of the White House book cooking to keep $2 trillion in wars off the books, $1 trillion in a drug program off the books, and $775 billion for TARP kept off the books. Now that was cooking.

    April 7, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. Lizzie

    (CNN) – A new survey indicates 15.6% of Americans don't have health insurance, marking the lowest rate since 2008.
    According to a Gallup poll released Monday, the current rate is down from 18% in the quarter of 2013, which was an all-time high.
    So all this for 2.4%, should it not be ALL are insured, after being told YOU WILL sign up or feel the wrath of the IRS.

    April 7, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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