Polls: Uninsured Not Impressed With Obamacare, May Not Sign Up
Less Than Half Think They’ll Get Better Healthcare
Obamacare could be facing its biggest challenge of all before the program goes into effect next year – – the people it is meant to help the most may not even want it.
A national survey reported Monday that nearly two-thirds of Americans who currently lack health insurance do not yet know if they will purchase coverage through Obamacare by January 1, the deadline set by the law.
The survey also revealed that less than half of those polled think they will get better healthcare after Obamacare takes full effect while nearly 50 percent said Obamacare would make it more difficult to get tests and procedures in a timely manner.
Princeton Survey Research Associates International conducted the survey for InsuranceQuotes.com, a service that provides an online marketplace for consumers and insurers.
The survey was more evidence that Obamacare faces a daunting task in signing up enough enrollees before January 1 to support the program.
The program is way behind schedule. The administration is in a flurry of activity to jumpstart enrollment in insurance exchanges that open for business on October 1. Now there is evidence that the uninsured, the target of the healthcare plan, may not believe the benefits of Obamacare as the president and his allies sold it.
Laura Adams, a senior analyst at InsuranceqQuotes.com, said public uncertainty about Obamcare and the lack of commitment to signing up to the program could actually drive up health insurance costs because there won’t be enough healthy enrollees to offset benefit payouts.
“I was really shocked that 64 percent (of uninsured adults) said they haven’t decided if they will purchase insurance by the January 1 deadline,” Adam said. “I was definitely surprised by the high number of people who really have no clue what they’re going to do next year.”
The survey also revealed that 68 percent of low income Americans said they were not sure that they would qualify for tax credits designed to subsidize health insurance purchases, though most would probably be eligible.
This is another serious failure of the Obamacare effort. Surveys conducted earlier this year revealed that millions of Americans do not even know that Obamacare is the law of the land. Meanwhile, public approval for the law remains low, where it has stayed since the healthcare plan was first unveiled in 2009.
Obamacare is on the rocks. The country can’t afford it; millions of Americans don’t want it. Now the people that Obama sought to help the most may join the chorus.
During the course of his career, Walker has worked in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Phoenix. He served as a reporter in Chicago, a press secretary and speechwriter in Washington, and in numerous positions in New York in corporate and financial services communications.
Walker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.