Although the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, required that all Americans obtain health insurance by the beginning of this year or else pay a penalty, a new Gallup survey shows that 13.4% of Americans are still not uninsured.
In Texas, according to Gallup, 24% of the people do not have health insurance.
In its telephone survey conducted Jan. 2-June 30, 2014, Gallup asked: “Do you have health insurance?”
While the percentage of people uninsured nationally declined from 17.3% in 2013 to 13.4% in the second quarter of 2014, reported Gallup, there are still many Americans who answered “no,” they do not have coverage.
Texas had the highest percent of uninsured at 24%. That was down slightly from 27% since the individual mandate went into effect on Jan. 1, reported Gallup. In Mississippi, 20.6% said they were uninsured. In Georgia, 20.2% said they had no health insurance.
Other states in which a high percentage of people told Gallup they did not have health insurance included: