- The Washington Times - Monday, April 7, 2014

The uninsured rate in America is the lowest since 2008, suggesting that Obamacare is helping more people get covered, a poll released Monday found.

The Gallup poll said only 15.6 percent of Americans were uninsured in the first quarter of 2014, although that number dropped even farther to 14.7 percent in the last two weeks of March as the end-of-month enrollment deadline for the Affordable Care Act approached.

At the end of 2013, the uninsured rate was 17.1 percent.

The uninsured rate changed the most for African-Americans and low-income Americans. The uninsured rate for African-Americans went down by more than 3 percent in the last three months. Households that make less than $36,000 also said about a 3 percent drop in the uninsured rate.

Poll results come from more than 43,000 telephone interviews with adults across the country between Jan. 2 and March 31. The margin of error is 1 percent.