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ANSWERED on Tue 6 Jun 2017 - 1:03 am UTC by David Sarokin

Question: Percentage of US pop dependent on the ACA (Obamacare)

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nautico 

Customer

 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.

 

David Sarokin 

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 5 Jun 2017 23:59 UTCMon 5 Jun 2017 - 11:59 pm UTC 

nautico,

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:

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/insur201609.pdf

"... 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I wouldn't take this to mean the 16.3% is now outdated.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.


David

 

nautico 

Customer

 6 Jun 2017 00:02 UTCTue 6 Jun 2017 - 12:02 am UTC 

Good point, David. Make that your answer.

 

David Sarokin 

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...

David

 

nautico 

Customer

 6 Jun 2017 01:07 UTCTue 6 Jun 2017 - 1:07 am UTC 

Thanks, David.

 

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