Remember the fierce moral urgency of providing coverage to tens of millions of Uninsured-Americans? Yeah, they still aren’t buying:
With Obamacare’s first enrollment period finally in the books, two new surveys out this morning offer new insight into why the still-uninsured decided to remain on the sidelines this year. Hint: It has a lot to do with cost.
This newest monthly Kaiser Health Tracking poll, which has provided some of the most reliable data on the public’s opinion interaction with the Affordable Care Act over the past four years, finds that nearly 4 in 10 uninsured adults cited affordability as their main reason for skipping health insurance coverage. Twenty-two percent cited employment reasons (they were unemployed or couldn’t get coverage through their job), while another 11 percent said they missed the deadline and 9 percent said they just didn’t want insurance.
Honestly, it takes the federal government to upend so much for so many, to increase paperwork and hidden costs so dramatically, to provide benefits to so few.