Kaiser Poll: 76% of Uninsured Unaware of ObamaCare Sign-Up Deadline

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 at 7:56 am
Activists on the beach in Cancun.

It’s quite obvious the overwhelming majority of Americans have tuned out the lame-duck president and his minions. They’ve spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to force people into their socialized medicine scheme and people just refuse to participate, despite the phony numbers of people  they’ve claimed  have signed up.

The vast majority of uninsured Americans do not know they must sign up for health insurance by March 31 or pay a fine, according to a new poll.

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), in its monthly tracking survey, found that 76 percent of the uninsured are not aware of the looming sign-up deadline. Only 24 percent could name the date correctly.

The finding underscores the serious challenge facing the Obama administration as it seeks to sign up millions more patients for private plans by the end of next month.

The public has always had a weak grasp of ObamaCare’s provisions, but the administration’s tendency to shift deadlines has added to confusion about when patients must act to gain coverage.

Nearly two-thirds of the uninsured said they know only a little (37 percent) or nothing at all (26 percent) about the new marketplaces designed to make it easier to shop for health plans.

Perceptions of the Affordable Care Act have been trending negative among people without health insurance since February. Tuesday’s poll found that 56 percent now view the law unfavorably while 22 percent view it favorably.

Brutal. Meanwhile, they were aware that a staggering 35 state exchanges were deemed high risk before launching this debacle, yet proceeded anyway.

Security experts worried that 35 state health exchange websites were vulnerable to hackers and were rated as “high risk” for security problems before ObamaCare’s launch, documents obtained by Fox News show.

Fears that the health law’s websites could put consumers at risk have plagued the program’s rollout from the beginning, but the administration told The Associated Press that the documents offer only a partial and “outdated” snapshot of an improving situation.

The security problems cited were either resolved or are being addressed through specific actions. No successful cyberattacks have taken place, officials say.

However, the issues detailed in documents and emails provided by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reveal broader concerns than the federal Department of Health and Human Services has previously acknowledged.

They show a frenzied behind-the-scenes juggling act by officials and contractors as the Oct. 1 deadline for new health insurance exchanges loomed.

In the face of the declining popularity and security flaws, the incompetent Kathleen Sebelius did what she does best yesterday: Lashing out, obfuscating and distracting:

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday accused GOP governors of “playing with people’s lives” by refusing to expand Medicaid in their states under ObamaCare.

The criticism from Sebelius is the latest example of an effort by Democrats and the White House to take the offense on the issue of healthcare.

Separately, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a memo on Wednesday, obtained exclusively by The Hill, informing its candidates that “the political landscape around the Affordable Care Act has shifted in Democrats’ favor” and urging them to use the GOP’s calls to repeal ObamaCare against Republicans.

“Americans are rejecting Republicans’ repeal agenda both nationally and in swing districts, where voters want to see the Affordable Care Act fixed and improved, not repealed,” the memo reads in part.

By all means, please continue to delude yourselves, folks.



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5 Responses to “Kaiser Poll: 76% of Uninsured Unaware of ObamaCare Sign-Up Deadline”

  1. PJ on 26/26/14 at 10:15 am

    They don’t know about the deadline because they don’t care about insurance. They have made other arrangements for medical care and are okay with the status quo. That has been my understanding from people I know who work temp all the time.

    It was all a lie.

  2. Will Munny on 26/26/14 at 10:22 am

    Feature, not a bug.

    Obamacare was never meant to actually work. It was meant to destroy the private health insurance market and sever the link between insurance and one’s employer. In that, things are proceeding apace.

    The idea was to muck everything up to where the only option going forward would be to institute a single payer program. They have said that his was their ultimate goal since the beginning. By the time Obamacare completely collapses, most people will be off their employer health plans and private insurance offerings will be affordable only to the 1%. They manage this collapse by extending deadlines for implementation and exempting large sectors from provisions so that it doesn’t completely fail while there are still private options around. They have to string this along for few years.

    But we talk about websites and administrative problems as if execution is the issue. The Left knows that execution is coming along just fine.

  3. JoyO on 26/26/14 at 10:27 am

    We must do everything we can to get Obamacare repealed . AND, we must do everything we can to prevent the government from totally taking over healthcare via the single payer system.

  4. Boca Condo King on 26/26/14 at 10:48 am

    My two cent prediction is as follows….

    Like many government programs, the exact opposite will happen.

    Just like housing promotion from both R and Ds backfired and made more people renters then homeowners, ACA will have the opposite effect intended.

    In the future, instead of the ad hoc socialism we had in medical care. (over charge the insured to cover the uninsured) we will have 1st class medical care and 2nd class (gov’t paid/exchange based) medical care.

    Before you lament the end of employer based coverage, keep in mind that the best exchange plan still has at least a 10% co pay and a high deductible. Plans offered by employers still have better benefits and better networks than the plans in the exchanges.

    They should have tried the George Castanza method, do the opposite. Had they tried to restrict coverage and drive up medical costs, we would have universal coverage with dropping prices ;)

  5. Will Munny on 26/26/14 at 1:47 pm

    Boca Condo King: “Plans offered by employers still have better benefits and better networks than the plans in the exchanges.”

    Because the employer mandate was deferred. Until after the elections.

    They figure the people who are too dumb to sign up now will be joined by the people too dumb to notice then that the law is about to take their healthcare coverage away and they will be able to fool the electorate. Again. The longer it goes, the more the process becomes irreversible.

    After watching the democrats get elected based on the “War on Women” theme, you have to like their odds.