Gallup reports the completely unremarkable news that the uninsured rate dropped
It is being reported that the number of Americans who come to a complete stop at a stop sign rose significantly in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, Gallup is reporting the uninsured rate for Americans dropped to 11.9%.
The uninsured rate among U.S. adults declined to 11.9% for the first quarter of 2015 -- down one percentage point from the previous quarter and 5.2 points since the end of 2013, just before the Affordable Care Act went into effect. The uninsured rate is the lowest since Gallup and Healthways began tracking it in 2008.
The percentage of uninsured Americans climbed from the 14% range in early 2008 to over 17% in 2011, and peaked at 18.0% in the third quarter of 2013. The uninsured rate has dropped sharply since the most significant change to the U.S. healthcare system in the Affordable Care Act -- the provision requiring most Americans to carry health insurance -- took effect at the beginning of 2014. An improving economy and a falling unemployment rate may also have accelerated the steep drop in the percentage of uninsured over the past year. However, the uninsured rate is significantly lower than it was in early 2008, before the depths of the economic recession, suggesting that the recent decline is due to more than just an improving economy.
Well...yeah. The drop couldn't be due to the fact that it's the law of the land that you must have health insurance, could it? To offer yourself up to the tender mercies of the IRS if you refuse to carry insurance couldn't have anything to do with the drop, now could it?
This is the most meaningless statistic ever created. It's not surprising, it's not remarkable, it is not indicative of some latent support for Obamacare, it is not indicative of how many people oppose Obamacare...although if you want significance in a statistic, how about the fact that only 5% of the 18% uninsured have signed on to Obamacare? Isn't it more significant that many more people are defying the law rather than obeying it?
The administration and Democrats are constantly pointing to this statistic as some kind of justification for Obamacare. It's nuts. As mentioned above, it has as much significance as keeping track of how many Americans come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Obeying the law – in this case, the individual mandate – is what is expected, indeed, demanded, by the government.
Patting themselves on the back just because people obey the law is loony.