Obamacare In Action: Fewer Young People Lack Health Coverage
Hispanics and the low-income still most likely to live without insurance
Need more proof that President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms are good for young people? Check this: In the final four months of 2012, the portion of Americans aged 18 to 25 without health insurance dropped to 22.7 percent, according to results of a Gallup poll released Monday. That number is down from 24.5 percent in the first quarter of 2012 and is lowest since Gallup started tracking coverage rates in January 2008. These young people, of course, continue to benefit from a provision in the healthcare law that allows children until the age of 26 to stay on their parents’ healthcare plans. Conversely, uninsured rates for older age groups held steady over last year. Hispanics and the low-income were also more likely to be uninsured, all of last year. Guess that means when the other key provision kicks in next year, supposedly making coverage affordable to millions more, and if Congress and Obama agree on immigration reform, perhaps there will be more success for Obama's historic legislative achievement. (Gallup)
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