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Uninsured Rate at Five-Year Low While Obamacare Remains Unpopular

Obamacare reduced the percentage of U.S. adults without health insurance to its lowest point since 2008 even as the law remains unpopular with the public, separate surveys showed...
May 14, 2014

Obamacare reduced the percentage of U.S. adults without health insurance to its lowest point since 2008 even as the law remains unpopular with the public, separate surveys showed. A report in Bloomberg News showed the share of American adults without health insurance declined to 13.4 percent in April from 15.6 percent in the first quarter of 2014, Gallup said, attributing the reduction to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The uninsured rate is the lowest in Gallup’s survey since the 14.4 percent reported in the second half of 2008.

At the same time, the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press said in its survey, the recent surge in sign-ups for the new healthcare exchanges has had little impact on public opinion about the ACA. Pew found that 55 percent of registered voters disapprove of the law. The research was co-sponsored by USA Today, and the margin of error was plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

A separate survey published by the Christian Science Monitor showed a seven percentage point improvement in public opinion of the health law since March. About 47 percent of Americans now support the law with an equal number opposed, the newspaper said. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

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