Heartland’s Sean Parnell beat me to the punch on this one, so I’ll let him speak for himself:
Another thing should probably be pointed out regarding Obamacare’s triumphal reduction in the number of uninsured – to date, it puts it in the ballpark of what the number of uninsured was back during the period in which President Bill Clinton was trying to enact national health care reform because the number of uninsured was supposedly at catastrophic levels.
The numbers I found aren’t directly comparable because they come from different sources using different methodologies, and the Gallup number includes the elderly over age 65 (almost all of whom are in Medicare), but roughly speaking the 12.9 percent uninsured rate reported by Gallup for all adults at the end 2014 is probably not all that different than the approximately 17 percent rate for the non-elderly in 1993 and 1994 given in this 2001 paper by David Cutler and Johnathan Gruber.
So, congratulations, Obamacare. You’ve managed to enact a once-in-a-generation health care “solution” that so far has managed to get the number of uninsured down around the levels that were so terrible they basically launched the current drive for national health reform.
There’s one final irony Parnell missed, however.
The economy has been steadily, albeit all-too-slowly, adding jobs since the end of the Great Recession in June of 2009.* In past recoveries, the vast bulk of those new hires (or re-hires) would have been for full-time work with benefits such as health insurance. However, since ♡bamaCare!!! became law, oodles of those full-time jobs-with-bennies have been replaced by part-time jobs or 1099 contractor jobs — without benefits. In other words, many of the “newly” insured by ♡bamaCare!!! would have been insured anyway, had Big Fat ♡bamaCare!!! not taken so much of the incentive out of hiring full-time workers.
This is what Progressives think of as progress.
*Always remember — and remind your lefty friends — that the recession ended before one single dime of the “stimulus” had been spent, so that maybe next time we might be spared that Keynesian nonsense.