Today marks the White House’s announced opening of the Obamacare insurance exchanges that have been the talk of the Nation for the past several months and are playing a key role in the recent government funding drama. But as the White House and Democrats continue to assert that this is a good day for America, polling data indicate that the majority of Americans disagree.
According to a Rasmussen report released Monday, half of Americans oppose Obamacare’s individual mandate, which requires all uninsured Americans to join a healthcare exchange or pay a fine. Only 36 percent of Americans believe the individual mandate is a good idea.
Fifty-nine percent of Democrats support the mandate, while 78 percent of Republicans and 54 percent of independents oppose the government mandate.
Rasmussen reports that middle-aged voters are more supportive of the individual mandate than those under 40 and senior citizens.
Fifty-two percent of black voters agree that the government should require Americans to buy health insurance, while 55 percent of whites and a 46 percent of minority voters besides blacks oppose the mandate.
As it currently stands, uninsured Americans are expected to begin taking steps to purchase insurance through an Obamacare exchange today.
Currently, 16 States and the District of Columbia have decided to establish their own insurance exchanges. Seven States will operate exchanges in partnerships with the Federal government. Other States did not set up exchanges, so their residents will be required to seek insurance on a Federal exchange.
Those uninsured Americans who fail to navigate the Obamacare exchanges and purchase health insurance by Jan. 1 will face hefty fines from the Federal government.