As President Obama prepares to deliver the State of the Union this evening, many are expecting that yet again the President will point to his health care overhaul as one of his top accomplishments. Not so fast. As a compilation of Gallup surveys from 2011 released today reveals, “more American adults lacked health insurance coverage last year than in any year since Gallup and Healthways started tracking it in 2008.” Specifically, when the daily survey results were averaged across the entire year, more than 17 percent of those polled said they were uninsured in 2011, up from 14.8 percent in 2008.
Add this to the bad news that health insurance premiums continue to rise and the looming threat of an unconstitutional mandate to purchase coverage Americans can’t afford, and you have to wonder, was this this the “change” America was hoping for? Probably not.