Surprise! I was quite certain a significant number of the health care uninsured – a relatively small number in the US – would not know they will be required to go out and buy health care insurance on their own. Now that everyone should be aware of the health care legislation, Gallup went out and asked a few questions.
To be fair, President Obama and the health care mandate express did use the auto insurance comparison. Hey, if you’re going to own and drive a car, you need to have car insurance. Just like auto insurance, if you want to live and breath in the US and have access to the health care system, you need to have health insurance.
Really… that was one of their arguments. From Gallup.
So more than four in 10 of the people who will be most effected by this legislation have no idea they need to go out to a private source or one of those state exchanges to buy health care coverage. More than half understand that. I’m willing to bet a small percentage of those without health insurance who know they have to buy, never wanted it in the first place because they were self-insured. Do you think many of those who are “aware” figure the Obama stash will some how open up to provide them cash for coverage?
Keep in mind the cost of fines as compared to buying actual decent coverage is small, so many people – including many businesses – will just pay the fine to the government so it’s a lot cheaper for them. That’s the push to a fully-controlled single-payer system run exclusively by the government.
With roughly six months to go before Americans are required to carry health insurance, slightly more than half of the uninsured population is aware of that requirement. Making sure the uninsured are aware of the health insurance requirement and getting them onto a health plan by the end of the year is an important goal for the Obama administration and crucial to the ACA’s success. One of the hurdles these efforts must overcome will be the perception of the uninsured that they cannot afford health insurance, the main reason they give for not having it.
My emphasis, and it’s not just a perception. Those really in need will never be able to afford the premiums – with the mandated coverage in place – nor will they be able to afford the fines. What then?