New York Ranks 14th In U.S. In Uninsured After Obamacare

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New York ranks 14th in the nation in the number of uninsured after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to WalletHub
New York ranks 14th in the nation in the number of uninsured after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to WalletHub Photo Credit: File photo

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y.  -- New York ranks 14th in the nation in the number of uninsured after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, according to WalletHub.

In New York, 10.16 percent of the population lacks health insurance, according to the Health Insurance Coverage Report distributed by WalletHub. Obamacare reduced the uninsured rate by 3.23 percentage points in one year.

The WalletHub report said 370,451 individuals enrolled in private health insurance plans under Obamacare, and 324,647 individuals enrolled in Medicaid between September 2013 and April 2014.

Massachusetts had the smallest percentage of uninsured residents, 1.2  percent, a drop of 3.16 percentage points after Obamacare became the law. Rhode Island (5.6 percent) was second, followed by the District of Columbia (6.29 percent).

In Texas, 24.81 of its residents were still without health care coverage, according to the WalletHub report. That figure led the nation, while Mississippi (21.46 percent) and Louisiana (20.91 percent) also were high in the number of uninsured.

“All the evidence to date shows that the Affordable Care Act is significantly reducing the number of the uninsured,’’ said Timothy S. Jost of the Washington and Lee University School of Law. “Polling data indicates that the number of uninsured has been reduced by 5 (million) to 9 million.”

David Hogberg of the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank, was less enthusiastic. “It appears to be having very modest success so far,’’ he said. “By my rough calculations it has, at best, reduced the number uninsured in the private market by about 1.8 million to 3.1 million, far short of 6 (million) to 7 million predicted by the CBO and White House. As for Medicaid, there is probably some reduction there as well, but at this point we do not have accurate numbers on that.”

The complete WalletHub report is online.

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Missing in the above is what New York was ranking BEFORE the ACA. Thank you Mr. President for insuring 370,451 individuals. Now... they can't be dropped if they get too sick.

I can tell you that my mother-in-law and my boss both had their exsisting health care plans canceled when the ACA came out. But what I really think he is talking about is the insane deductibles that make "health insurance" and "health care" two different things.

David Hogberg of the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank, failed to mention that the number of US citizens insured would be greatly increased if Republican governors would allow their constituents to have Medicaid and/ or Obamacare. The three states mentioned in the article that have the highest number of uninsured are "red" states.

We can reduce the number of uninsured till the cows come home, but it is completely meaningless if the quality and receipt of healthcare for those who previously had insurance is greatly diminished. North Korea and Cuba have 100% healthcare insurance coverage for their people, but what does it mean if their quality stinks on ice?

Very well said. If the deductible is $5,000 before you get one thing paid for. Is that really insurance at all?

Yes! Check out the fees for medicial services; to have a baby costs 23,000. Cancer treatment often costs 50,000, heart by pass 120,000.

Why do you think the healthcare of those who previously had insurance is even slightly diminished, never mind "greatly" diminished? What hat did you pull that out of?