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