At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Aug. 11, 2009, President Barack Obama repeated a line he’s used many times in describing his health care proposal: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” In August 2009 PolitiFact scored this claim “Half True” and yesterday, results from a Gallup Poll would support my claim that Obama’s claim earns a score of “Bullshit”.
Fewer Americans got their health insurance from an employer in 2011 (44.6%) than in 2010 (45.8%), continuing the downward trend Gallup and Healthways have documented since 2008. As employer-based health insurance has declined, the percentage of Americans who are uninsured has increased, rising to 17.1% this year, the highest seen since 2008.
It seems that this administrations mismanagement, at best or intentional destruction, at worst of our economy has resulted in more Americans being unemployed or underemployed in 2011 than in 2008 and fewer employees had health insurance from their employer, which may be because employers no longer offered it or the cost was too high for employees to afford.
What is most disturbing about this latest poll is that the segment of the population which has been most negatively impacted are those Americans that Obama falsely claims he is standing up for, those with lower incomes as well as young adults and Hispanics .
Employer-based health insurance declined among most major population subgroups last year, with the exception of young adults and seniors. It is also down significantly compared with 2008 across all groups.
High-income Americans are by far the most likely to say they get their health insurance from an employer, with 70.4% doing so in 2011. Low-income Americans are among the least likely to have employer-based health coverage, at 23.7%.
Young adults (31.1%) and Hispanics (28.3%) are also far less likely than most groups to get their health insurance from an employer.