The evidence is piling up now: Obamacare really does seem to be helping the uninsured. Survey after survey is showing that the number of uninsured people has been going down since the start of enrollment last fall. the trend is unmistakable: Millions of people who didn’t have health insurance before the Affordable Care Act have gained it since last fall. The law is not just covering people who already had health coverage, but adding new people to the ranks of the insured — which was the point of the law all along. even health care analysts who think the law is a bad idea acknowledge that the evidence suggests the uninsured are being helped. Given the predictions of doom that accompanied the law’s passage and launch, that’s a sweet bit of vindication for the president and ACA supporters. “It will be better when we’ve got a whole year behind us, so we can tell how much [in the surveys] was noise and how much was reality,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the conservative American Action Forum, a frequent critic of the law. “Having said that, it sure looks like there are more people covered, and that’s a good thing.”
A survey by the Commonwealth Fund found that 9.5 million fewer adults are uninsured now than at the beginning of the Obamacare enrollment season. The Urban Institute’s Health Reform Monitoring Survey found a similar drop, with 8 million adults gaining coverage. And Gallup-Healthways survey reported that the uninsured rate has fallen to 13.4 percent of adults, the lowest level since it began tracking health coverage in 2008. the Commonwealth Fund survey also suggested that most of the people who have signed up for the Affordable Care Act are happy with their coverage — and aren’t just disgruntled people who were already insured and liked their own coverage better. According to the survey, 58 percent of the Obamacare customers said they were better off under their new health coverage, and only 9 percent said they were worse off than they were before. Even among people who previously had health insurance — the ones who might resent having to switch — 52 percent liked the new coverage, while 16 percent said they were worse off.
…. instead of dealing with this problem in a thoughtful way reflecting shared responsibility across party lines, President Obama’s critics quickly turned to the business of seeking political gain. Last week, the only issue that seemed to matter was whether Obama visited the border.
It’s not just partisan politics, either. It should bother religious people that politicians pay a lot of attention when conservative church leaders speak out against contraception and gay rights but hardly any when religious voices suggest that these children deserve empathy and care.
There are those in our clergy who could usefully consider whether they speak a lot louder when they’re talking about sexuality than when they’re preaching about love….
Cyd Zeigler: Dan and I debated whether to post this on Facebook. Ultimately we decided to share what we believe is yet another incredible symbol of hope for our community from a President who has been the most powerful partner we have ever had in the White House.
When we received this letter in the mail last night, we were overwhelmed. It’s not every day you get a letter from the President. This wasn’t just another copy with a fake signature – the ink bled through the paper. For just a few brief seconds, our relationship was the focus of the desperately busy lives of the President and First Lady. To two regular guys from humble families, that’s insane.
While we certainly know the President has done so much for LGBT equality, it hit us both then – in our bedroom staring at this letter – how much our equality means to President Obama…
Senator Obama speaks to attendees at the 99th annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) at the Duke Energy Center July 14, 2008 in Cincinnati, Ohio
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President Obama departs Marine One after landing at Andrews Air Force Base for a trip to Warren, Michigan and St. Louis, Mo. on July 14, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama watches the confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor in the outer Oval Office on July 14, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama greets supporters after delivering remarks on community colleges at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan on July 14, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama signs baseballs in the umpires room before the start of the MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis, July 14, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama warms up with St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols before the start of the MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis, July 14, 2009. President Obama later threw the first pitch to Pujols (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama talks with Seattle Mariner Ichiro Suzuki in the American League locker room before the start of the MLB All-Star Game, July 14, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama joins Fox Sports announcers Joe Buck, right, and Tim McCarver, left, in the broadcast booth at the MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis, July 14, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
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President Obama holds a campaign rally in a downpour at the historic Walkerton Tavern & Gardens in Glen Allen, Va., near Richmond, Va., Saturday, July 14, 2012
Glen Ellen, July 14, 2012
Glen Ellen, July 14, 2012
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MooooOOOOoooorning! A bit short of news-collecting time again, so it would be terrrrrriffic if you could post the missing links in the comments – thank you!