Poll: Americans’ Health Worsens Under Obamacare

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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Recent reports show that the health of average Americans has worsened under Obamacare.

Among middle-aged white Americans, death rates are on the rise, according to reports by two Nobel Prize-winning economists, Dr. Angus Deaton and Dr. Anne Case. The largest driver of this increase is among poor, uneducated white Americans. The increase in the death rate for the poor, white category is so drastic that it is actually “increasing the death rate,” report Deaton and Case.

The mortality rate for white Americans from 45 to 54 years old with only a high school education has risen by more that 134 deaths per 100,000 people, reports the New York Times.

When self-assessing their own health status, Americans feel less optimistic about the status of their overall health. Self-assessments reporting “excellent” health status have fallen from 22.6 percent to 19.0 percent over the course President Obama’s two-terms in office, according to a recent Gallup poll.

The highest percentage of the population to report less than excellent health status are among those younger than 45. The decline in health assessments is ubiquitous amongst all races, with the greatest reported decline by Asians and whites.

Over the course of Obama’s presidency, diabetes increased by one percent and obesity increased in excess of three percentage points. Experts note these rises are statistically significant.

The rise in obesity diagnoses is driven largely by white Americans, climbing three percentage points in 2016 alone, according to Gallup.

These findings are based on some 650,000 interviews that occurred between 2008 and 2016.

Additionally, a small survey produced by the Washington Post found that 29 percent of Americans report their care is getting worse under Obamacare and just 14 percent of those surveyed said their care was improving.

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