Gallup: Under Obama, Percentage of Uninsured Americans Higher Now Than 2008

Barb Wire

By Susan Jones

Defenders of Obamacare will point to a new Gallup poll showing that the percentage of Americans without health insurance continues to fall — to 15.9 percent so far in 2014, down from 17.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013.

But compare the most recent percentages with those posted by Gallup in 2008, when 14.8 percent of Americans lacked health insurance coverage.

The latest poll also shows that the percentage of Americans who get insurance through a current or former employer fell nearly two points so far in the first quarter of 2014 to 43.4 percent from 45.5 percent.

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On the other hand, more Americans (18.1%) now say their primary health insurance coverage is through a plan fully paid for by themselves or a family member compared with at the end of 2013 (17.2%). The percentage who say they are covered primarily through Medicaid is also up slightly — 0.2 percent — likely because some states have chosen to expand Medicaid coverage, Gallup said.

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