Anne Michaud Portrait of Newsday editorial board member Anne Michaud

Anne Michaud is the interactive editor for Newsday Opinion.

It looks as though Obamacare is fulfilling its promise to bring health insurance to Americans who previously didn't have it.

A Gallup poll released on Monday shows that 13.4 percent of adults lack health insurance, the lowest rate since January 2008, when tracking began. Back then, the rate was 14.6 percent.

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The decline reflects people signing up at the last minute before the March 31 deadline to get in on the Affordable Care Act.

I've always believed this was the great promise of this reform: to shield people from bankruptcy-inducing medical bills, and to encourage wellness rather than emergency room visits as primary care.

It will be interesting to see, in the coming months, whether measures of American health begin to improve.