Poll: Rate of uninsured Americans drops
April 7th, 2014
10:15 AM ET
8 years 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.

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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.

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soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Would You Look at That

    15.6% of Americans (approximately 54.6 million people) don't have insurance. Nearly 8x as many people can't afford the "affordable" care act than those who signed up for it (I'm being generous and letting the 7 million figure stand because a large percentage of these people were already covered under medicaid and simply renewed their coverage, and about 15-20% of those who did sign up, have yet to enroll i.e. pay their first premium). What a disaster.

    April 7, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. Tampa Tim

    People on the Cheney Channel, Fox, are not taking the drop in the rate of uninsured very well. Oh well, better luck to them in 2024.

    April 7, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Think

    This article fails to mention and/or analyze two things: i) how much of the improvement is due to more people working now vs. 2008? In other words, are there "less" uninsured because "more" people are working thereby obtaining health insurance through the employer. ii) how many of the 7 million were previously uninsured? And not just uninsured because they were unemployed but uninsured because of some of the goals of the ACA's intent - pre-existing conditions, affordability, etc;

    April 7, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. don in albuquerque


    Please cite your source on "cooking the books". Don't have one? I'm certain Fox News would prove you out...and they always tell the truth. Facts? We don't need no stinking facts! (apologies to Mel Brooks)

    April 7, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. rs

    I think it is time -especially as the GOP will no doubt unleash it's typical crabbiness on this news, to look at the GOP's contribution to the ACA:
    1. They did contribute the "Individual mandate"
    2. They did try to overturn the law with 54 "symbolic" votes (that cost taxpayers $1.5 million a pop)
    3. They shut down the government for two weeks last October at a cost of $24 billion and the temporary loss of nearly a million jobs
    4. They used almost a $1 billion of Koch brothers money to put out false adds about the ACA
    5. They set up fake democratic and HHS sites to lie about the ACA

    All in all, the GOP acted against the best interests of the average American in their little propaganda war against the ACA and the President. They are our Taliban.

    April 7, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. edog


    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

    rla!!! Do you not realize that Americans are already paying for it all these years. Tax payers pay for emergency visits by the uninsured!!! That means it is for the good of all Americans to get as many people insured because these emergency visits by the uninsured are the most expensive and costly burden on American tax payers. In fact, even though Obamacare will increase cost in certain places, as a society on a whole, we are better off if the uninsured rate goes down!!! Don't be fooled by the BS out there!!! Yes, Obamacare does increase some taxes to certain people put some more cost on certain employers, however that is still much cheaper than having a high uninsured population going to the emergency room and having us, THE TAX Payers, pay for that emergency visit.

    Obamacare will bring cost down over time.

    April 7, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Silence DoGood

    @lizzie "after being told YOU WILL sign up or feel the wrath of the IRS."
    53 points for inflamed conspiracy language.
    BTW, I WILL SLOW down in a speed zone driving to work or I will feel the wrath of the police speeding ticket.
    It is called a law.
    You can make anything sound like a conspiracy.

    April 7, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. ghostwriter

    Isn't it funny that when insurance companies were claiming that 5 million would lose their insurance, conservatives weren't interested in dissecting the stats on those numbers at all. But when insurance companies say about 7 million signed up, they want demographics, signed affidavits from insurance companies to prove the numbers are true, hold Darrel Issa hearings to determine who told them to report accurate numbers, etc.

    April 7, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    @Lizzie, you are making a lot of assumptions that are tainted because you have railed against the ACA for as long as you have been coming on here. 2.4% of the population is significant in a nation of over 300 million, and anything that get more insured should be viewed as a positive, not as a perceived act of government overreach. Your paranoia is really sad.

    April 7, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. rs


    Book cooking at its best- AND the cost of this farce is going to be devastating,
    Ria, really? Bush ran two off-book wars that cost our nation at least $2 trillion, and more than 5,000 of our finest men and women in uniform- all the while giving the richest Americans another $trillion or two in lavish tax cuts.

    Cooking books is defined by "cut-taxes-and-spend" idiocy, and not raising taxes to pay for wars (a first ever in American History).
    Republicans are so bad with money that no one listens to them any more.

    April 7, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "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."

    It's not done yet. People can and will continue to sign up. Experts predict 30M by 2016. Your comment is like deciding the Thanksgiving turkey should be thrown out because only a little of it looks cooked 30 minutes after you stuck it in the oven.

    April 7, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. just someone

    Whereas I agree that we need to “fix” healthcare here I cannot agree with our tax dollars being spent to supplement illegal aliens. I doubt if they can tell us how many of thbem have picked up Obammacare on our dime. Also how many signed up without sending in their part of the money? And how many sent in the first month’s payment but not anymore? We will see if the rates go down next year, I predict they will go up unless our tax money goes to pay off the insurance companies. So far it has cost me $3000 for this year for this year in an increase in my catastrophic limit.

    April 7, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. Martus

    Gallup found gains in coverage among all age groups, but not much evidence of a late surge of younger people that the administration had hoped for to help keep premiums in check.

    April 7, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. sonny chapman

    OMG ! What if Obamacare WORKS! What if there are NO WMDs in Iraq ! What if there is NO CONNECTION between Sadaam Hussein & el Qiuida ! What if Osama Bin Laden REALLY intends to attack INSIDE the USA !

    April 7, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. RandyIA

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

    So when all is said and done. Obamacare is now at a break even point from when Obama came into office. I'm confused. What did this fix and how much did it cost?

    April 7, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Enough is Enough

    And Sonny, what if the USA collapses under the weight of all of the freebies iven out in order to buy votes....?

    April 7, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Denise

    Always ands, ifs or buts, wait a minutes in dittohead non reality lala land....

    April 7, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    @ghostwriter, its because it does not fit in with their daily affirmations they receive through Uncle Rupert's propaganda network. Amazing how they never asked for such detail when the narrative was running in their direction

    April 7, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Chris-E...al

    This law has doe nut holes all in it ! You find a job then your not on the not so ACa ! You lose your job then you got to get on the aca or pay ! Then you got those caught in the middle and cant do nothing they cant afford to have it and they cant afford n0t to ! it needs work to . We need jobs .

    April 7, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    We can expect the rate to fall even lower once these republicans governors expand their Medicaid rolls. But that will actually help people and we all know that republicans don't give a hoot about helping people.

    April 7, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. b

    nice spin cnn.

    According to Gallup, the number of uninsured has fallen by a greater amount since the start of open enrollment on Oct. 1. Gallup shows the percentage spiked to 18 percent at the end of the third quarter. But the spike could be attributed in part to people being kicked off their prior coverage, due to changes in the health care law. A look back at mid-2013 shows the percentage of uninsured, before the run-up to open enrollment, was also at 17.1 percent. So the number of people gaining coverage since then would still be roughly 3.5 million.

    April 7, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. Anonymous

    We are so screwed with this Obama care.

    April 7, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Would You Look at That

    I don't know why people are so excited over this 7 million figure... 7 million have SIGNED UP (of course, this number obviously includes those who were already enrolled in medicaid and simply renewed) 7 million people haven't paid their premiums (premia)...

    April 7, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. smith

    More people have insurance now. What big surprise, a law went into effect requiring you to have insurance or pay a penalty.

    April 7, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. sonny chapman

    Hey Enough, have you seen the REAL statistics on Voter Fraud ? Better chance of supporting the existence of Big Foot.

    April 7, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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