The Uninsured Rate: Three New Surveys

The Uninsured Rate: Three New Surveys

Apparently, this is the week to release new data on the uninsured rate.

Here's the latest chart from Gallup:

... and from the Urban Institute:

... and, while we're at it, the Commonwealth Fund:

So, a decline of 3 to 5 percentage points seems to be the consensus. Since there are around 240 million adults in the U.S., that indeed suggests a coverage expansion in the ballpark of 10 million -- though it's important to note, especially in the Gallup data, that trends in the uninsured rate are affected by the economy in addition to health-care policy. There's still a ways to go to reach the CBO's initial projections for coverage expansion, but there's no denying the law is seeing some success.

Robert VerBruggen is editor of RealClearPolicy. Twitter: @RAVerBruggen

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