Survey: Uninsured rate drops from 17.1 percent to 15.9 percent; health law cited

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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    March 10, 2014 12:26 p.m.

    Didn't the Democrats tell us that there were 40 million uninsured? We only got less than 10% of the uninsured to actually sign up. Doesn't that alone tell us how big of a failure this is.

  • Sven Morgan, UT
    March 10, 2014 12:03 p.m.

    All of this raging success, and Dear Leader has announced yet again that key provisions of this disaster are going to be delayed until 2016. And we know why this happening, don't we? Democrats are feverishly trying to distance themselves from this disaster they've heaped on our nation. Dear Leader is doing what he can to help them with this transparent delay.

    The "Individual Mandate" potion of this disaster, saw 5% of the population lose their insurance coverage due to the provisions written into the law. Now Obama says they can keep their plans until 2016. Only one problem, they can't get these plans back. If the insurance companies reinstated these plans, they would be breaking the law!

    To those clambering for Single Payer, be careful what you wish for. If the Feds fully take over healthcare, it will no longer be about what's best for the patient, cost will be the final factor. It's very easy to see utopia when you and your kids are healthy. Many who get a terminal illness would do anything to extend their lives. Under single payer, this will not happen.

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    March 10, 2014 11:03 a.m.

    When President Obama was campaigning on health care reform, the uninsured rate was 14.4% (source: Gallup).

    Now we're celebrating because the government is spending hundreds of billions of dollars and the uninsured rate is 15.9% (source: Gallup)?

    It's amazing how willingly some people adjust their standards in order to fall in line with a party's politics.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    March 10, 2014 9:12 a.m.

    So, after the desperate attempt to positively spin the dismal numbers as much as possible, what do we have?

    -- The percentage of uninsured has dropped an **astonishing** 1.5%, about half of what was projected at this point.

    -- Hispanics, the most targeted demographic group, has the lowest percentage of acceptance.

    -- The share of Americans who lack coverage is on track to drop to the lowest quarterly level it measured since 2008. Meaning, we're basically back to where we were before the Great Recession. Huh?

    Every fumbling aspect of this disaster in the making has all the typical signs of ineptitude and ineffectiveness that are the hallmark of virtually every big government "initiative" that has been cooked up by these latest socialists. No wonder that it also has all the hallmarks of dictatorialism in its "buy it or else" purchasing mandate.

    I haven't had health insurance for almost 14 years because of a pre-existing condition that made it prohibitively expense. Nevertheless, having Obamacare shoved down my throat feels worse than treading the thin ice of no coverage.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 10, 2014 8:36 a.m.

    Have we figured out who will pick up the tab for those previously uninsured? And where will we get the new doctors to treat them? And what about the treatment costs? Who will pay for the surgeries and regimen for their pent-up illnesses?
    Based on the pathetic planning so far, carrying out the ACA should be total chaos.

  • JLindow St George, UT
    March 10, 2014 8:23 a.m.

    I imagine the numbers would be even better if the ACA didn't have a low-income cutoff for insurance subsidies which effectively says "You don't earn enough for insurance; have some Medicaid. What, you're in a Republican state? Sucks to be you."

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 10, 2014 8:20 a.m.

    The sad part is it should be much closer to zero. If only we'd gotten a proper single payer system instead of this mess.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    March 10, 2014 8:20 a.m.

    The take away message from this article is that the poor didn't even want Obama Care. The uninsured rate has gone down by only 2%. WoW!

    The only people who wanted this are liberal politicians. The goal was not to provide affordable health care, it was to redistribute wealth and gain life and death control over the people.

    1. The government has full access to your entire health history because of Obama Care.
    2. The NSA knows everything about you.
    3. They control who gets health care and who does not.

    Everyone will get sick at some point. How hard would it be for some government flunky to misplace your request for life saving treatment?

    How does the Obama crowd use private information?

    Obama defeated his Democrat opponent for state senate in the primary because David Axelrod went to his old employer, the Chicago Tribune, and got them to go to a judge to unseal the divorce records of Obama's opponent. The material was enough to get the guy to drop out of the race.

    Same thing happened to Jack Ryan, only it was the LA Times this time.

  • md Cache, UT
    March 10, 2014 8:06 a.m.

    Why would anyone be surprised that the rate has gone down? The government made it illegal to be uninsured. This is not a success story.

    The insurance most people are buying has high premiums and high deductibles, despite all the fluff that the commercials for is spreading.

    Socialism at it's best. Sad.