Saturday, November 09, 2013
Gallup Poll: Very Little Interest in Obamacare, Among the Uninsured
Gallup published a new poll Friday which shows that the people the Obamacare exchanges were designed to help, the uninsured, are mostly ignoring the sites.Just 18 percent of uninsured Americans have attempted to use the exchanges in the five weeks since they opened. Slightly more, 22 percent, have tried among those who are uninsured and say they plan to buy insurance.For the first two weeks of the roll out the White House eagerly spread the story that unexpected and overwhelming demand was responsible for the website issues. Various news outlets have since revealed problems with the rollout schedule which meant the sites crashed under as few as 200 people.Gallup completely undercuts the claim of overwhelming popular demand concluding the exchanges have "generated relatively little interest or use among uninsured Americans -- the primary target group..."
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.