Hooray?: Uninsured Rate Has Dropped More Than Two Percent

Obamacare architect touts drop in uninsured on Morning Joe

The architect of Obamacare touted a two-percent drop in the nation's uninsured rate as evidence of the positive the impact the policy was having Monday in an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe. Zeke Emanuel, the man largely considered as Obamacare's "architect," was asked about the number of previously uninsured enrollees who were acquiring health care. In response, Emanuel noted that the administration noted for its comprehensive data collection doesn't actually know how many uninsured have enrolled, but the answer could be gleaned from a poll result:

Unfortunately, most states don't ask that so we don't have a good number so far of it. What we do have is the Gallup poll the last few months began asking people are you insured or not, and we have seen a steady drop over four months now to under 16% to over 18%. It does seem to be having an impact on the uninsured rate.

In 2011, there were approximately 48.6 million Americans living without health insurance. A two-percent drop in that number would represent 972,000 people, or less than one-sixth of the number of Obamacare enrollees the administration is currently celebrating.

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