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Three million people gained insurance in 2012. Donít thank Obamacare.
Washington Post ^ | 9-17-2013 | Sarah Kliff

Posted on 09/17/2013 9:26:48 AM PDT by markomalley

About 3 million people gained health insurance between 2011 and 2012, an increase that likely has little, if anything, to do with with the new health care law.

New Census data show that the country's uninsured rate fell from 15.7 percent in 2011 to 15.4 percent in 2012. Nearly all of that change appears to be attributable to enrollment in public programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. Coverage in private health plans, like those that employers purchase, didn't budge.

"The percentage of people covered by government programs increased for the sixth consecutive year," David Johnson, chief of the social, economics, housing and statistics division at the Census, told reporters earlier today. "The increase in public coverage, and no statistical change, may account for increase in overall coverage."

The expansion of Medicare coverage, from 15.2 percent of the population in 2011 to 15.7 percent in 2012, can be clearly linked to demographics.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: aca; medicaid; medicare; obamacare
Shocking that this would appear in the ccompost.
1 posted on 09/17/2013 9:26:48 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

The economy in California is shot to hell as well and with a third of all welfare here many are on Medical.


2 posted on 09/17/2013 9:30:41 AM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: markomalley
I don't find it shocking. The increase in Medicare from 15.2% to 15.7% can, as the article explains, is due to demographics, i.e., 10,000 baby boomers are retiring daily and will continue to do so for the next 20 years.

Medicaid increases are due to the poor state of the economy and immigration, legal and illegal. 40% of all children born in this country are paid by Medicaid. And Obamacare will add 18 million to Medicaid.


3 posted on 09/17/2013 9:51:28 AM PDT by kabar
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