Obamacare cuts number of uninsured in California by 50%


Before Obamacare, 22% of Californians lacked health insurance; after Obamacare, its down to 11% according to this report by KPCC Public Radio.

From the story:  “The survey of more than 4,400 people by the Commonwealth Fund, a national healthcare foundation, also found that nationwide, the uninsured rate fell from 20 percent to 15 percent during the same period.

Recent national polls have recorded similar drops in the rate of the nation’s uninsured under the Affordable Care Act. A recent Gallup poll found that in April, the national uninsured rate stood at 13.4 percent, the lowest number since the organization began tracking it in 2008.

The Commonwealth Fund survey found that 61 percent of those who were newly insured said they felt better off thanks to their new coverage. And nearly four out of five said they were somewhat or very satisfied with their new coverage.

Obamacare is far from perfect, but getting uninsured health insurance, especially those previously denied coverage, is very important.  Perhaps if Republicans had ideas on getting the remaining 11% insured instead of repealing a good idea over partisanship, they’d give voters an excuse to vote for them.

  9 comments for “Obamacare cuts number of uninsured in California by 50%

  1. Ltpar
    July 12, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Dan, always spinning trying to milk a little favorable PR out of another screw up by someone you back. If not the Agranistas, then it must be the Pied Piper of Chicago, you are spinning for? You Democrats have your sources for statistics and then there are others. I tend to lean more with the other sources which point out the deficiencies in Obamacare you so carefully avoid. In the end, Obama has penalized far more Americans that he has helped with this sorry attempt at healthcare reform. In the end, it will bite him in the butt come November, just as the Great Park Audit will take out Agran and Krom.



  2. Dan Chmielewski
    July 14, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Pat, the KPCC story cites a survey done by Gallup; you are citing Breitbart and Weekly Standard, two big right wing organizations. My source is using non-partisan data

  3. July 14, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Also those articles are from January, frigging out of date. Covered Ca. has enrolled over 3 million people not 500,000. Right-wingers need to learn how to update their lies.

  4. Sherree
    July 14, 2014 at 9:28 am

    As someone who buys their health insurance on coveredcalifornia, I can’t say enough good things about it. I’ve always carried private health insurance. CC gave me more options at competitive prices. In fact the exchanges are so successful, more insurance companies are expected to compete under ACA in 2015.

  5. Cynthia mae Curran
    July 14, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I used to be against ObamaCare. Sure, there were some middle to upper middle class people that end up paying more on their insurance. There was a story in the La TImes about a couple that paid more that made 83,000 but lots of folks are insuranced and might likely go to the doctor more now. Orange County always had high uninsurance at least back to the late 1980’s because there are a lot small firms whether tech companies or mom and Pa business in little Saigon. In fact the Register has ignored a story that shown Asians in the County growing faster than Hispanic until around 2010 and the County being the 3rd largest Asian County that was covered by the LA TImes. Asians are somewhere between 18.5 to 19.2 percent of the population by 2012 or 2013 and they are the small business people that lacked health insurance.

  6. Cynthia mae Curran
    July 14, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Agreed, Briebart is so bad that it stated that San Diego is growing more jobs because they have a Republican Mayor. The problem with their thinking is Orange County has more Republican Mayors than San Diego, San Diego is more purplish and I told Briebart the information. Also, about Chinese driving all the real estate up in Santa Monica this is partially true but Santa MOnica is also home of Silcon Beach and pay is higher so housing cost has risen. Breibart also didn’t know that Tea Party member Mike Lee supported investment vistas to encourage Chinese to buy more real estate or that the San Gabriel area of La and the Irvine area of OC experience rising housing because of some Chinese buying the houses more than they do in Santa Monica. This proves Briebart does poor research on any topic.

  7. Robert Lauten
    July 14, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    (National) 15-20 Percent Aren’t Paying Obamacare Premiums, Insurer Says
    New data from a major insurer suggest real enrollment is at roughly 6 million, (not 8 million per Obama)
    April 17, 2014 at 3:59 pm

  8. Cynthia mae Curran
    July 15, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    As all the world knows by now, the young libertarians expelled from that YAF convention, along with the young libertarians expelled from the SDS national convention a month before in Chicago, became the nucleus of what Sam later called “the libertarian population explosion of 1969.” At that YAF convention Sam met Rothbard, Karl Hess, and Dana Rohrabacher. Yes, I refer to the GOP Congressman from Southern California, who is today indistinguishable from any other conservative Republican, but who was something else entirely 40 years ago, when he was, as Sam put it once in an interview, newly “radicalized by Robert LeFevre, who provided him with small funding to travel the country with his [guitar] and [libertarian] folk songs from campus to campus, converting YAF chapters into Libertarian Alliances and SIL chapters.” At that YAF convention, Sam Konkin confirmed his new identity as a libertarian.

    Here’s another one for you Robert, most of your anti-government thinking was formed by anarchists and Dana R friend Samuel Konklin the third. Dan’s ties with Radical Libertarianism and the underground economy in California.

  9. Robert Lauten
    July 16, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is anti-government???
    April 2, 2014
    Cynthia, – “One of the biggest players in Obamacare’s exchanges says 15 to 20 percent of its new customers aren’t paying their first premium—which means they’re not actually covered.
    The latest data come from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, whose members—known collectively as “Blues” plans—are participating in the exchanges in almost every state. Roughly 80 to 85 percent of people who selected a Blues plan through the exchanges went on to pay their first month’s premium, a BCBSA spokeswoman said Wednesday.”

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