Check out this cool infographic from the Commonwealth Fund showing survey results to date from the first open enrollment period of Obamacare.  Hey guys, guess what – people like having health insurance (duh!)

Here’s a summary:

  • The uninsured rate for people ages 19 to 64 declined from 20 percent in the July-to-September 2013 period to 15 percent in the April-to-June 2014 period.
  • An estimated 9.5 million fewer adults were uninsured.
  • Young men and women drove a large part of the decline: the uninsured rate for 19-to-34-year-olds declined from 28 percent to 18 percent, with an estimated 5.7 million fewer young adults uninsured.
  • By June, 60 percent of adults with new coverage through the marketplaces or Medicaid reported they had visited a doctor or hospital or filled a prescription; of these, 62 percent said they could not have accessed or afforded this care previously.

Even more interesting is what people think about their new coverage:

  • 81% of people surveyed are very or somewhat optimistic the new coverage will improve their ability to get the healthcare they need (86% for Medicaid members, 75% for those with private plans).
  • 58% say they are better off now than before getting their new plan, 27% reported no effect (they may not have used it yet), and 9% said they were worse off
  • 78% said they are very or somewhat satisfied with their new coverage (that was 85% for Democrats and surprise! surprise! 74% for Republicans

Here’s the infographic:

Commonwealth Fund Obamacare Infographic
From Commonwealth Fund Survey published 7/10/14


Patricia Salber MD, MBA (@docweighsin)
Patricia Salber, MD, MBA is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Doctor Weighs In. She is also the CEO of Health Tech Hatch, the sister site of TDWI that helps innovators tell their stories to the world. She is also a physician executive who has worked in all aspects of healthcare including practicing emergency physician, health plan executive, consultant to employers, CMS, and other organizations. She is a Board Certified Internist and Emergency Physician who loves to write about just about anything that has to do with healthcare.



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