The number of Americans getting employer-sponsored health insurance is at the lowest point since President Obama took office, a new Gallup poll released Friday reveals.
At 44.5 percent, the percentage of people getting health care through an employer is just slightly lower than in 2011, but 5 percentage points lower than in 2008. The latest figures come despite the fact that the economy added roughly 1.8 million jobs last year.
Opponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) have argued dropping health coverage is an unintended consequence of the law that will negatively affect employees who want to stick with the coverage they know and like.
Estimates have widely varied on just what reform will do to employer-based health coverage. A Deloitte report last summer estimated that one in 10 employers will drop coverage for their employees, while consulting firm McKinsey & Co. drew fire when they stated 30 percent of respondents will “definitely” or “probably” stop offering employer-sponsored health insurance after 2014.
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At the same time, Gallup finds more Americans continue to report having a government-based health plan — Medicare, Medicaid, or military or veterans’ benefits — with the 25.6 percent who did so in 2012 up from 23.4 percent in 2008.