New Gallup Poll Proves Obamacare’s Overwhelming Effectiveness and How Republicans are Risking Millions of Lives

obama-smilingIf you Google the term “Obamacare poll,” you’ll find a seemingly endless list of different polls done over the last few years telling you all sorts of things concerning how people feel about the Affordable Care Act.

To be honest, I never pay much attention to any of them.

Why?  Well, because many Americans don’t know a whole lot about the Affordable Care Act.  There’s been so much misinformation spread about the law that the majority of what I hear people say they “feel” about it is often completely wrong or at best minimally factual.

You have people answering questions on opinion polls based on inaccurate information.  So all you really end up with is a poll that’s essentially useless.  Besides, people often tend to believe what they want to believe rather than what’s actually real.

But when a poll shows how many people have been directly impacted by the Affordable Care Act, that’s the poll you want to look at.

And according to a recent Gallup poll, it’s indisputable that “Obamacare” is a huge success.  But not only that, Republicans are putting millions of American lives at risk by continuing to peddle right-wing propaganda and not fully comply with the law.

When taking a look at this poll, of the 10 states that had the largest drop in their rate of uninsured citizens from last year, every single one of them expanded Medicaid and created their own state sponsored exchanges.

In other words, the Affordable Care Act works.

For more proof of the ACA’s success, look no further than Arkansas.  This Republican stronghold was the state that had the biggest drop of uninsured citizens from last year.  Since 2013, and after the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, Arkansas has cut its uninsured rate by nearly half.

But the bad news for Republicans doesn’t stop there.  When digging into the numbers deeper you see that the states that continue to have the highest number of uninsured citizens are either controlled by Republican governors, Republican legislatures or both.  Those states are Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alaska, and New Mexico.

And 9 out of those 10 states refused to expand Medicaid or create their own state health care exchanges.  New Mexico was the only state that expanded Medicaid and created their own exchange.

So, is “Obamacare” massively popular when you ask people their opinion of the law?  Not usually.  Often the law’s approval numbers float around 42-48%.

But, again, those numbers are based on people’s opinions of the law.  And I can promise you there are many people in this country right now who’ve gained access to health care thanks to the Affordable Care Act – yet they still oppose the law.

However, a poll such as this recent one done by Gallup shows indisputable evidence that millions of previously uninsured Americans now have access to health care thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

It also shows that partisan Republican antics in those states where the uninsured rates remain high are putting millions of American lives at risk.

People like Sarah Palin, or pretty much everyone at Fox News, who helped perpetuate the lies about “Obamacare” are directly at fault.

Because if you want to talk about “death panels,” those are your death panels.  The Republicans who decided playing partisan politics was more important than providing much-needed health care to Americans who desperately needed it.  Because I can promise you there are going to be people in those states who are going to die because they didn’t have health insurance.  Individuals who will die because Republicans put politics before people.


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • giankeys luvs shemale porn

    even better is the republican ( yes; REPUBLICAN ) committee which has -again– concluded that nothing about the Benghazi accusations is true: no withholding of troups/ no withholding on supplies/ no orders to ‘stand down’/ no coverup/ no malfeasance. Yet– as with the ACA the crybaby white trash regressives – especially on FOX “news” – continue to either ignore facts or try some new lie about these items
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    translation: VOTE REPUBLICAN in November: if U are still an imbecile lemming

    • Jim Bean

      Vote Dem if you’re satisfied with the way things are.

      • ZimZimZim

        You don’t have to be satisfied with the way things are to know that the contard party will only make things WORSE.

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        worse??? ya mean the white trash regressive iron fisted male RULE of the 1950’s ( and b4) isn’t splendid????

      • Dilly Dong

        Yeah. Republicans would rather see Americans die than have the ACA and Obama succeed, which is very sad and the definition of evil. The ACA is saving lives right now, in your community and probably in your family somewhere.

        Every living Americans benefits greatly from this law. In banning pre-existing conditions and denial of coverage, we are ALL now protected from bankruptcy and lack of care.

        For ME – It really makes paying things like rent ($1100/month), renters insurance $15/month (from Eagle), car insurance $25/month (from Insurance Panda), internet/cable ($125/month from TWC), student loans ($325/month), and gas that much easier.

        With Obamacare, the rate of the uninsured has dropped to 13.4%. Premium increases were almost zero. The website is humming. 100,000 signed up for coverage the first day.

        These polls bounce around and will come right back as the new sign-ups surge. Six months ago the popularity of the ACA was 49%. Once this silly Gruber story fades, it will come right back. Most with ACA plans like them, with higher satisfaction than those with private company plans.

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        as a registered independent I will………… Im actually liking eliz warren and Bernie sanders better than Hillary but warren hasn’t the experience yet and sanders probably wont run.
        satisfied? james brother– always room4 improvement. repubs do NOT offer that– they offer more trickle down and subjugating all that is female and gay and minorities. That’s NOT how AMERICA deals out EQUALITY. Until they return to the thinking and legislation of IKE I have no use for them
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        im crushed by robin williams departure

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Vote Republican if you want to get screwed.

      • Jim Bean

        I’m always amazed out how many votes Dems can get by persuading their voters they want to make them as prosperous as the people who traditionally vote Republican. Yup, Dems want nothing more than the opportunity to slit their own throat for you.

      • rick dalton

        Jim really how bad your throat been cut by the loser republican party 80 percent of the America people don’t even trust the republican party. They cut our vets throats to then try and blame it on Obama. No if you like being a loser and being screwed on top vote republican they sell KY jelly for your butthurt

      • rick dalton

        Democrats done more for the poor and middle class then any lying crooked republican has done .Republican talk constittuion but violate it at every turn hell even our supreme court has violated our constitution

  • Deborah Derbonne

    Well I would love to see how my rates going up 27% where I can’t afford insurance any more shows how ACA works so well. As a part-time employee I have had to buy private insurance for 3 years and this jumped my rate to $434 a month. Some months I don’t even make that much! Someone explain to me how spending all your paycheck on insurance gives you a better quality of life? My penalty is less than one month’s payment and, as people realize this, covered people will drop back down. I do not qualify for anything that makes my insurance affordable.

    • Jim Bean

      It only looks good if folks like you are excluded from the evaluation.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        she s another planted rightwing troll here james…………….don’t get too excited
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        my girlfriend work 40 hrs a week and got the ACA for no cost– with the tax break– will pretty good coverage. Im gonna sign up as my income is 100% cash and I can FUDGE!!

    • ZimZimZim

      Lie.

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      u r a regressive troll with a brand new profile— easy 2 spot fake person. wanna try again??

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      I know people who were paying $1200-1600/month. I paid $950/month for COBRA several years ago. So forgive me if I’m less than sympathetic. You still have a relative deal. If you make so little, you should qualify for subsidies…unless you live in a red state that refused to cooperate.

  • Jim Bean

    This information indicates Obamacare works only in terms of providing those least able to contribute to the system the ability to acquire coverage. Those things necessary to ensure the program is on a financially secure and (marginally) sustainable course (employer mandate and individual mandate) have been delayed to obscure the realities and provide political protection for Democrats. Later, they will be blaming Republican’s for the programs funding woes.

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      and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, we will believe your white trash regressive comments over the facts???

      • ZED

        All the facts say everyone is being dumped in Medicaid

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        not true; but its still an improvement over NOT having coverage. Care to dispute that???

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Show me those facts. And who cares? Ever been uninsured?

      • Jim Bean

        Do you have records of how often you’ve poked out ‘white trash regressive”? Must be in the thousands. You need to branch out and explore your inner potential.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        why water down an accurate winning hand?
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        better: U – again– spun away from my statement.
        the ACA is working- and old white temulent regressive trash such as U hate it because it helps ALL americans– especially the needy

      • Jim Bean

        Yeah, nothing we hate worse than helping the needy. That’s why all the Christian charities have closed down and the atheists have had to pick up the load.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        (a) u still spin away from what I said ( b) im NOT atheist (c) the religious “help” given out is done as its TAX write off; and they do it while making the ones who receive help read up on jeeeeesus; have to go to church,,,,,,work ( donate)around the church as payback,,,,, and I do agree that many FINE upstanding religious people and organizations do help but how many truly show the class of HELPING ANONYMOUSLY???? why does JEEEEEESUS have to have his 21st century name blasted out while helping??? the REAL Jesus didn’t want accolades !!!
        want religion to help??? GREAT!! lets see these mega wealthy churches pay for medical situations regarding old and infirm and poor and children,,,
        on those times I buy a street cripple a sandwich I don’t make him listen to a sermon. I don’t tell him of GODS “love”….. I don’t even wait for a thank U– ( see: lone ranger)
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        wanna spins some more?? U are world class at that–
        the aca is working and U crybabies who bitched about it forever now are SILENT–CASE CLOSED

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        You DO hate helping the needy; you blame them for being poor.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      What makes you think they are “least able to contribute to the system?” Most uninsured people work.

      • Jim Bean

        Most of the people who’ve picked up coverage have done so under Medicaid. Those eligible for Medicaid, whether they are working or not, are for most part, people not earning enough to pay federal income tax.

      • cpompei

        I suggest you start looking at reality Jimbo. Most everything you spew is incorrect.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Just like GE. EXXONMOBIL, DUPONT, MONSANTO and Bain Capital.

      • Peter_FairMarket

        So maybe if they increase the minimum wage, that situation will change. Oh, wait…

      • Jim Bean

        Oh, wait….. is right. If they increase the minimum wage prices will go up and those getting the increase will break even and those on fixed income will see their standard of living decrease. Wages are stagnant now because employers aren’t giving raises because they now have the additional expenses of ACA.

    • Stephen Barlow

      TAX BUSINESS @ A MINIMUM 12.5% ACROSS THE BOARD.

    • rick dalton

      It also showing cost going down for everyone but you lying ass republican won’t tell facts real facts that is cause you all don’t deal with true facts only bull shit propaganda lies that you think make you look good to the uneducated person

      • Jim Bean

        It most certainly does NOT show costs going down. There was a report from the CBO saying insurance “will cost $104 billion less than projected over the next decade, according to revised estimates from nonpartisan budget analysts Monday. Obamacare’s lower-than-expected costs will come largely because premiums will be cheaper than previously thought.”

        That doesn’t say premiums are going down. That says they will rise a smidgen less than originally predicted. Sadly, those in charge of programming liberals brains presented it to them in such a way that that made it sound like Obamacare was actually causing a baseline reduction in healthcare costs and premiums. (Rick? You gonna let that happen to you again?)

        Politifact rates the claim that ACA is driving down costs as ‘mostly false.’ Same for Pundifact.

        Don’t let this happen to you again.

  • Thomas Vandeventer

    What irony. I couldn’t stop myself from asking why any sensible person would troll here.

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      • Thomas Vandeventer

        Could you please dumb it down a little more? Couldn’t get up early enough to catch your train of thought.

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        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, hows the facts of a very well-strengthening economy doing? or maybe ur BENGHAZI Tshirt is too tight?

    • ZED

      Tom,
      You ended up here out of curiosity. You received a link and because you’re open minded , you wanted to consider others opinions and opened the door. Welcome to the devils den!

      • Thomas Vandeventer

        The lowercase “d” doesn’t make you Satanists rather than Atheists? Just a rambunctious lot.

  • Stephen Barlow

    If those dead voted GOP, then I have ZERO PITY for them.

  • colliegurl

    Fox news spread fear and lies. Mainstream spread misinformation. Republican candidates spread misinformation. And, Democrats didn’t stand up for the law.

  • phearly

    Just because someone is “insured” it doesn’t mean that are actually
    going to be able to get real, affordable healthcare. With my present,
    newly-inflated, multi-thousand dollar deductible, do you think I will be able to seek healthcare
    while my family is living paycheck to paycheck & feeling lucky to
    even have any food on the table? There IS no money to pay to
    100%-out-of-my-pocket healthcare charges that will lead up to meeting
    the deductible, not to mention the 20% that will be my portion AFTER the
    deductible is met! Obamacare is an evil disaster for the people of the
    U.S. and the healthcare industry.