A new Gallup-Healthways survey showed that just 11.9 percent of Americans lacked health insurance in the first quarter of 2015 – a 5.2 percent decrease since Obamacare took effect.
Since the end of 2014, the number of people without health insurance fell one percentage point from 12.9 percent. Since Obamacare was implemented in early 2014, the uninsured rate has continually fallen from 17.1 percent.
“The evidence shows that the Affordable Care Act is working, and families, businesses and taxpayers are better off as a result," HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell said in March. While the improving economy is believed to be a factor in the decreasing uninsured rate, officials said the Affordable Care Act is mostly responsible.
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Though the rate has dropped since the end of last year, the decrease was shown to be gradually slowing. In the first enrollment period of 2014, the rate fell 1.5 percent as opposed to the 1 percent decrease in this year’s enrollment period.
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