The Uninsured Are Avoiding Healthcare.gov
November 8, 2013 - 1:18 pm
The Obama administration spent millions on a website that doesn’t work. Now, we’ve learned that the very people it was targeting – the uninsured – don’t even bother to use it to enroll for health insurance. According to Gallup:
In the midst of widespread news coverage of problems with the federal health exchange website, relatively few uninsured Americans (18%) — the primary target population for the exchanges — have so far attempted to visit an exchange website. The percentage is slightly higher, 22%, among uninsured Americans who say they plan to get insurance through the exchanges.
Gallup previously found that less than half of uninsured Americans (44%) who plan to get insurance say they will do so through an exchange, and about one in four say they are more likely to pay a fine instead of getting insurance. These findings help explain the low percentage of the uninsured who have attempted to access the exchange websites.
Still, the fact that less than a quarter of uninsured Americans who say they plan to get insurance through an exchange have visited one so far suggests that other factors are at work. It may be that many uninsured Americans are waiting to try out the health exchange websites until their highly publicized problems are fixed, or they may simply be putting off decisions about getting insurance until later.
Hey, would you be in a rush to enter this system?
Nevertheless, it’s still another stinging reminder that Obamacare was probably unnecessary given that 85% already had health insurance; and 87% of the 85% liked their insurance plan. So, the millions have been left without insurance plans because of the new health care law –and those who need to enroll won’t.