The Centers for Disease Control announced that uninsurance is now at 8.6 percent, down from 16 percent when Obamacare passed. The relevant news release is here.
This is an extraordinary victory for Obama, the Democrats, and progressives everywhere. Now is the time to make that Zero and that won't be impossible if the Dems win in November. We don't have to have a pure "single payer" to reduce the uninsurance rate to close to Zero, and we can do it without abolishing private insurance. It won't be perfect but health policy in the U.S. is really shot-through with "concessions" to physicians groups, hospitals, the long-term care industry, and the whole nine yards.
What we now should do, with a Clinton victory, is to provide both the "public option" (or the option to voluntarily join Medicare), and also, using Medicare as the central 'player' to start setting limits on the prices charged for pharmaceuticals. And we should figure out a way to keep states from cheating their residents out of Medicaid to satisfy the bigots and purists who believe that government should not be used to help people, especially Hispanics and blacks, but instead help providers and the pharmaceutical industry, and so forth.