48 million Americans still lack health insurance
Among them are one-quarter of the poor, but Obamacare could bring relief to 14 million people with no coverage today.
The Affordable Care Act, whether you hate it or love it, may make its biggest impact on a sizable group of Americans: the 48 million who had no health insurance in 2012.
Roughly 15.4% of Americans lacked coverage last year, down a tick from 15.7% in 2011, according to a new study from the Census Bureau, which adds that the number of people without health insurance wasn't "statistically different" from the previous year.
The poor were even worse off. A whopping one-quarter of those earning less than $25,000 annually also lack health insurance, the study found. Among households with income of $75,000 or more, that dropped to just 7.9%.
With most of Obamacare going into full effect in January, the law will likely provide health coverage to 14 million currently uninsured Americans, according to a study from the Congressional Budget Office.
That's because the law bars insurers from banning people with chronic health conditions, which can currently hamper some older and sicker people from finding coverage. The ACA will also extend Medicaid, providing insurance to more low-income families and individuals, although currently about 21 states are rebelling against that part of the legislation.
But even as the state health insurance exchanges prepare to enroll customers next month, the law remains unpopular with many of Americans.
About 42% of Americans have an unfavorable view of the ACA, compared with only 37% holding a positive view, according to an August poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Many also continue to be confused about the law. Four out of 10 people are unaware of the ACA's current status, and some people wrongly believe that Obamacare has been repealed, the study found.
That confusion has carried over to senior citizens. More than half in that group wrongly attribute the rise in their medication costs to Obamacare, Bloomberg reports. Because of that, many seniors are cutting back spending on food, travel and other health care, worried about costs rising further when the law goes into effect in January. The report cited a survey from Express Scripts (ESRX).
Seniors, though, qualify for Medicare, which has provided health care coverage to the elderly for more than 40 years and isn't changing significantly under Obamacare. Instead, the law will have its biggest impact on working-age adults.
Follow Aimee Picchi on Twitter at @aimeepicchi.
34 million still uninsured NOT paying into the system.
thats 34 million using hospitals but not paying. how is that supposed to lower costs again?
how is that supposed to lower the deficit?
Help me understand this mess. The main premise of Obamacare is to use the premiums of young, healthy people to subsidize the health care of older, sicker people. How is that going to happen when young people under 26 years of age are still on mommy and daddy's coverage? How is that supposed to work when the unemployment rate among millenials is in double digits? How is that supposed to work when instead of paying $3000 or more for insurance, they can pay a fine of $95 or, one percent of their gross annual income instead? With all of the exemptions given to various "core constituencies", including congress, as well as those in the works for big labor, along with the delay of the employer mandate, WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR THIS CRAP? Anybody need some Preparation H or, KY Jelly? Better hope Obamacare will cover the reaming you're about to get!
Though it's often said that decisions shouldn't be made on calculated intellectual reason alone, that one should invoke heart, compassion, and conscience as well, is it not equally as true that all heart/no brain decisions can be equally as ill-advised?
Aimee, while reason and logic aren't "everything", they're not "nothing" neither.
When voters' heart strings are left wide open and the critical thinking faculties are impeded, we are susceptible to being led, not merely against our will, but without an active use of our own individual will at all, but the will of a few social engineers plotting high up in towers of tyranny ...or D.C. these days.
Aimee: Bought, paid for, and in Obama's pocket.
but wait aimee, that still leaves 34 million uninsured.
but i thought obamacare was to insure every american aimee?
why wont the other 34 million have it aimee?
aimee you suck @ss. please go away
Somebody has got to pay for all you pill popping hypochondriacs
Health care for profit system in america. Everybody is in it to make money.
Unaffordable heath care, unaffordable education, unaffordable housing
The common denominator is government money is evolved and drives up cost.
There all making huge profits robbing taxpayers and putting this country in the hole.
and.......................if people can't afford a cell phone, ask uncle sam.
and.......................if people can't afford a good meal, food stamps from uncle sam.
and.......................if people can't afford their gas and electric bills, energy assistance
and.......................the list goes on and on.
After all, how can a person afford healthcare or a phone or food....if one has to pay for their new car or cable bill with all the bells and whistles. And the list goes on. The problem is most people want the good things in life and figure uncle sam will pay for the essential things in life.
1. It is NOT affordable; and the plans people do have are going to increase.
Aimee Picchi, the writer of this - and other articles about ACA - obamacare - makes it sound far better than it really is going to be. The public school teachers in our small rural town have already seen the price hikes - and in the case of family policies - carrying dependents - it is a huge jump. Individual policy increases from $227 to $326. Family policies increase from $1000 to $1500 (these are monthly costs). Hold on, folk; this ride is going to be ugly - before they finally turn it into a single payer entity.
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