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As Enrollment Deadline Looms, Number Of Uninsured Who Hate Obamacare Skyrockets

January 30, 2014 by  

The January iteration of a Kaiser Family Foundation monthly tracking poll finds fewer uninsured Americans hold a favorable opinion of Obamacare than at any time since the law went into effect. That’s because they’ve had four months to digest an unending parade of news reports that show the law playing havoc with the finances of people who’ve seen their standing insurance rates skyrocket under the Affordable Care Act.

The hits keep coming:

Little wonder, then, that fewer than one-fourth of uninsured American adults think Obamacare will help them. Here’s how Kaiser summarized the findings:

Among the uninsured – a key group for outreach under the law – unfavorable views now outnumber favorable views by roughly a 2-to-1 margin (47 percent versus 24 percent). This is a change from last month when 43 percent of the uninsured had an unfavorable view and 36 percent were favorable. More of those without coverage say the law has made the uninsured as a group worse off (39 percent) than better off (26 percent). Despite these views, large shares of the uninsured see health insurance as “very important” and say they need it, while four in ten say they’ve tried to get coverage in the past 6 months, and half expect to get it this year. … In December, views among the uninsured were more evenly split (36 percent favorable, 43 percent unfavorable).

What else are they going to say? It’s the law, and for anyone who files a tax return, enforcement through the IRS will be absolute. Of the half who said they plan to get health insurance this year, one wonders what percentage will end up qualifying for Medicaid. It’s the only way many currently uninsured people can “afford” it – even though mass Medicaid enrollments guarantee the entire system will collapse.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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