Now, after five years, an epic website fail, and a nail-biter of a Supreme Court fight, Obamacare is officially here to stay. But, with all the changes and bumps in the road, just how much progress has the law made toward achieving universal coverage?
Well, if the latest numbers are anything to go by, there's definitely reason to celebrate. The percentage of Americans without health coverage has fallen from a high of 18% in 2013 (before the law went into effect) to 15.9%. While this drop is indeed significant, the biggest improvements have been among low-income Americans (of whom 2.8% more are now insured) and black Americans (with a 2.6% increase). Perhaps even more importantly, a full 55% of uninsured adults say they plan to buy health insurance, rather than pay the fine for refusing to do so.
Whatever your thoughts on the rollout (or the many concessions that have been made, especially on birth control), it's hard to argue with the fact that over six million previously uninsured Americans are now covered.
Click through to Gallup for the rest of the numbers — and, if you need more reasons to buy into Obamacare, check out what Obama had to say about it yesterday. Trust us, you'll be glad you did. (Gallup)