While Republicans bash Obamacare on a daily basis and long for the "good old days" of American health care, a new poll says 30 percent of Americans did not get medical care before Obamacare because they could not afford it.
According to a new poll by Gallup, about three in ten Americans didn't get medical care because of the high cost. Additionally, the poll showed that 59 percent of uninsured people didn't get health care because of prices. Low income Americans and younger people were especially likely not to get medical care because of costs.
Gallup concludes: "If the Affordable Care Act [Obamacare] -- which is designed to ensure that all Americans have affordable health coverage -- works as intended, fewer Americans should need to put off getting necessary medical treatment because of cost. This could positively affect individuals' personal health situations and workplace productivity."
TalkingPointsMemo.com reported that nearly 1.5 million low income Americans signed up for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) after the programs were expanded by Obamacare on Oct. 1.
However, only 36 states have taken advantage of the Medicaid expansion to help the poor. Many states with Republican governors have either refused to expand Medicaid or have not decided.
In Texas, there are about 6.4 million uninsured residents, of which 1 million would be immediately covered by Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.
But Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) refuses to allow the Medicaid expansion and even compared Medicaid to drowning on the Titanic, noted The New York Times.
Sources: The New York Times, TalkingPointsMemo.com, Gallup