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Uninsured rate drops in January despite Obamacare’s rocky rollout

- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 23, 2014

Despite the rocky rollout of the President's signature healthcare law, the uninsured rate in the U.S. decreased slightly in January, according to a Gallup-Healthways survey released Thursday.

The uninsured rate for January dropped by 1.2 percent to 16.1 percent, the poll found. That amounts to between 2 million to 3 million more people with health insurance, according to the Associated Press.

Unemployed and nonwhites saw the greatest decrease in the insured rate, at 6.7 percent and 2.6 percent respectively. The uninsured rate also dropped more for women than for men, with an almost 2 percent change for women and only a .6 change for men, the poll showed.

The poll found little change in the uninsured rates for 18-34 years olds, an age group needed to make Obamacare work. The administration has had a difficult time convincing these so-called “young invincibles” to sign up for health insurance.

Results come from telephone interviews with more than 9,000 adults across the country between Jan. 2-19. The margin of error is 1 percent.

 

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