5 Jun 2017 22:58 UTCMon 5 Jun 2017 - 10:58 pm UTC
What percentage of the US population is dependent on the ACA (Obamacare) or on any direct-purchase system that might replace it?
The Census Bureau's "Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2015" report states in part the following:
“In 2015, private health insurance continued to be more prevalent than public coverage, at 67.2 percent and 37.1 percent, respectively,” said the report. “Of the subtypes of health insurance, employer-based insurance covered 55.7 percent of the population for some or all of the calendar year, followed by Medicaid (19.6 percent), Medicare (16.3 percent), direct-purchase (16.3 percent), and military coverage (4.7 percent).”
I have recently heard on various news reports, however, that the direct-purchase percentage is now at 11% vice the 16.3% that appeared in the Census Bureau report. I seek confirmation of that 11% figure.
5 Jun 2017 23:59 UTCMon 5 Jun 2017 - 11:59 pm UTC
Tough question, since there are so many variations on how stats are reported. Possibly, the number you're seeking is in the footnote of Table XII here:
"... In 2014 through March 2016, approximately 10% of private plans were directly purchased."
I wouldn't take this to mean the 16.3% is now outdated. It looks like this is just a different survey method, resulting in a different estimate.
6 Jun 2017 00:02 UTCTue 6 Jun 2017 - 12:02 am UTC
Good point, David. Make that your answer.
6 Jun 2017 01:03 UTCTue 6 Jun 2017 - 1:03 am UTC
Glad that worked for you. I took a look for a fuller explanation of that particular NHIS data point, but nothing showed up, I'm afraid.
Until next time...