Survey: Heavy majority of uninsured still lack basic knowledge about ObamaCare

posted at 8:01 pm on January 9, 2014 by Allahpundit

This says less about White House outreach, I think, than the difficulties of engaging the poor and disaffected on policy, but it’s amazing either way. The idea that anyone could be beyond the grasp of a massive presidential education campaign about a splashy new program in the information age is mind-boggling to blog writers and readers, yet here we are. That’s not to say Team Hopenchange couldn’t have done better — remember when they told lefty groups to go easy on publicizing enrollment lest the surge of users crash the website? — just that there’s a lot of civic ignorance to overcome if they want to hit their target for “young healthies” enrolling on the exchanges.

The survey from Enroll America, a non-profit healthcare enrollment coalition, found that 68 percent of uninsured adults had not yet logged onto their online exchanges.

A similar number, 69 percent of the uninsured, still lacked knowledge about tax subsidies and other financial help designed to make the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, affordable for many, the survey said.

“Large proportions of the uninsured are also still in the dark about deadlines and that brand new plans are available,” Enroll America said in a report about the survey…

It found that eight in 10 uninsured adults were unaware of the need to sign up for insurance by March to avoid a fine, under the so-called individual mandate.

Tax-refund time this year is going to be awfully interesting. Meanwhile, 43 percent of Latinos surveyed said they weren’t aware of Healthcare.gov, which is also partly the White House’s fault and also mind-boggling after three months of relentless media coverage of the site’s problems. The Enroll America topline numbers aren’t wildly different from Gallup’s latest numbers, either. Just a week ago, Gallup reported that only 26 percent of the uninsured had visited an exchange website so far. That was just a six percent increase from October and November despite the news about deadline-shifting and a new and improved Healthcare.gov re-launching in early December. Not all of that is due to ignorance, of course — some people are too poor to afford Internet access and older people might shy away from anything Internet-related. But like Reuters says, some of this is pure unawareness.

As for the uninsured who are aware, an interesting chart from the Morning Consult via Guy Benson:

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The fact that the 18-29 column is the biggest will make the White House happy given that the stability of the exchanges depends upon “young healthies” signing up. They’ll be less happy to see why people who passed on signing up did so:

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The assumption all along has been that Healthcare.gov’s technical problems were driving eager consumers away, but if you believe the Consult’s data, not-so-affordable care is a bigger issue at this point then glitches are. That’s not the only bad news for the White House either: The same poll finds that undecided voters split 24/65 on whether they approve or disapprove of ObamaCare. When asked which party they plan to support in the midterms, they split 54/46 for the GOP. News about the law’s stupendously botched rollout did reach some voters. In fact, per Jim Geraghty, another new survey has support for repeal up to 48 percent. That’s higher than it is in most polls, but rising support for repeal or repeal-and-replace is in line with what Kaiser found in its last monthly survey. Repeal/replace reached 42 percent in December there, up from 37 percent in October. That was the second-highest level in nearly three years.

Via the Free Beacon, here’s Pelosi scolding a reporter today for calling ObamaCare “ObamaCare” instead of the “Affordable Care Act.” For once, I think that’s less a case of a Democrat trying to shield The One from being branded by his own boondoggle than Pelosi being irritated that he’s getting all the credit for a project that she, more than anyone else, was responsible for enacting. Exit question: “PelosiCare”?


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Free isn’t as fun as it used to be…

/s/poor libiot.

hillsoftx on January 9, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Low-info Obama voters.

myiq2xu on January 9, 2014 at 8:04 PM

“PelosiCare”?

Instead of birth control you get free Botox.

myiq2xu on January 9, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Ahhh…regular Hot Air blogging schedule, you are welcomed by this ADD-suffering denizen.

22044 on January 9, 2014 at 8:05 PM

…that’s why they vote!

KOOLAID2 on January 9, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Shocka…LIV’s don’t know much about Anything.

BeachBum on January 9, 2014 at 8:13 PM

This says less about White House outreach, I think, than the difficulties of engaging the poor and disaffected on policy

Perhaps if they dressed up a poor person in a onesie. Or maybe they if they showed a group of the disaffected doing a keg stand.

Seriously, I don’t think they really gamed out how to connect with the LIVs. The assumption was that they’d be first in line last October- leaving the Obamacare challenge to attract stupid young and healthy people into buying crappy but expensive health insurance.

Happy Nomad on January 9, 2014 at 8:13 PM

“PelosiCare”?

Instead of birth control you get free Botox.

myiq2xu on January 9, 2014 at 8:04 PM

And a picture of Pelosi- which is all the birth control any man would need.

Happy Nomad on January 9, 2014 at 8:15 PM

A new season of Honey Boo Boo starts soon. That’s where their attention goes.

Philly on January 9, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Barry’s economic plan in a Nut Shell….. join the welfare class and explore new opportunities in degradation.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 9, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Via the Free Beacon, here’s Pelosi scolding a reporter today for calling ObamaCare “ObamaCare” instead of the “Affordable Care Act.”

Fine. Call it O-No-Care/Unaffordable No-Care/glitchnado.gov

22044 on January 9, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Lower Low Info Voters!
(sarc)

canopfor on January 9, 2014 at 8:20 PM

I think it’s due to pajama boys having the turkey bashed in their faces when they tried to bring it up at Thanksgiving. Further word never got out.

de rigueur on January 9, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Tax-refund time this year is going to be awfully interesting.

Pure Schadenfreude, that. Absolutely pure Schadenfreude.

Lanceman on January 9, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Hint: They’re already on Medicaid. And doctors don’t take Medicaid.

I like what the insurance industry did to stick obama right up his skinny community organizer azz.

Hospitals can now elect to pay the “premiums” for patients that should/would be “insured” under Obamacare to offset the costs of the uninsured showing up in emergency rooms demanding coverage.

Brilliant. Talk about stickin it to Da Man!

ROFLMAO

Key West Reader on January 9, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Lower Low No Info Voters!
(sarc)

canopfor on January 9, 2014 at 8:20 PM

:)

ProfShadow on January 9, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Having to check in with the federal government to see what you are supposed to be doing will be a new idea for a lot of people.

Axe on January 9, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Perhaps if they dressed up a poor person in a onesie. Or maybe they if they showed a group of the disaffected doing a keg stand.

Happy Nomad on January 9, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Maybe if they turned obozocare into a penguin it might become more inclusive.

Flange on January 9, 2014 at 8:30 PM

No words of reassurance from libdie. That blows.

Lanceman on January 9, 2014 at 8:30 PM

How about this unrelated topic?
Congress cannot find $6 billion to offset the expansion of UI?
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/368016/congress-really-cant-find-6-billion-offset-ui-extension-veronique-de-rugy

Diverting the funds blown on promoting Obysmalcare is one place where there would be more bang for the buck.

onlineanalyst on January 9, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Oh, here’s the link to my 8:24

Key West Reader on January 9, 2014 at 8:31 PM

You’re actually suggesting that the very same people who lacked initiative and/or weren’t bright enough to understand to take care of their everyday needs (and are the reason we needed Obamacare) are now having trouble taking care of their everyday needs due to their lack of initiative and/or and understanding of the issue?

rogerb on January 9, 2014 at 8:32 PM

…. and economics.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 9, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Oh, here’s the link to my 8:24

Key West Reader on January 9, 2014 at 8:31 PM

HHS and CMS are “displeased”.

Let’s see how that pans out. Everyone thought these insurers were just rolling over.

Yeah, rolling over in laughter at the mess that Obama created. Problem is, it’s all tax dollars. I.E., you and me, paying for Obama’s Dreams from his Fathah.

Key West Reader on January 9, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Nobody I work with has any idea, about much of anything. You would think they would the way business fell off in 2009, and never came back.
But they don’t.

wolly4321 on January 9, 2014 at 8:41 PM

You’re actually suggesting that the very same people who lacked initiative and/or weren’t bright enough to understand to take care of their everyday needs (and are the reason we needed Obamacare) are now having trouble taking care of their everyday needs due to their lack of initiative and/or and understanding of the issue?

rogerb on January 9, 2014 at 8:32 PM

These people are not stupid when it affects them directly. Announce that their welfare transitional living funds will be cut off without proof of Obamacare coverage. Suggest that their Obamaphones will be turned off if they don’t provide proof of health insurance. In short, the only way to heighten attention among these people is to make all about losing something they want.

Happy Nomad on January 9, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Not surprising. Most of the uninsured can’t read/understand English or even read at all, or are already on Medicaid so don’t give a shit, or know that emergency rooms still must deal with their common colds or gout or whatever so don’t give a shit, or don’t file or pay taxes at all so don’t give a shit, and on and on.

There’s an entire multi-million member underclass in this country, created, grown, and sustained by the Democrats for more than 70 years, people who know they will be “taken care of” regardless of their actions or lack thereof, as long as they do one little thing: vote D, vote D, and vote D.

TXUS on January 9, 2014 at 8:48 PM

I’m surprised that Obama/Sebellius haven’t decided the way to reach the invincibles would be to offer them a free ounce of medical grade marijuana with every sign up…and another ounce for every friend they recruit who signs up, too.

thatsafactjack on January 9, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Happy Nomad on January 9, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Silly boy. Those on the dole have no interest in We The Taxpayers.

1099

Key West Reader on January 9, 2014 at 9:00 PM

How about this outrage by the Reid-led Dems, who prefer providing for illegals over our own military veterans?
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/01/once-again-democrats-vote-to-cut-veterans-benefits-in-order-to-enable-fraud-by-illegal-aliens.php

onlineanalyst on January 9, 2014 at 9:08 PM

This isn’t about the unwashed masses that qualify for medicaid, who are not required to buy insurance to begin with.

But check this scroll:

http://www.bing.com/search?q=who+is+required+to+sign+up+for+obamacare&pc=MOZI&form=MOZSBR

And look into this twisted mind:

The Republicans do not tell you this: You can wait until you are sick to sign up for obamacare, the Affordable Health Care Act because the law prevents corporate health insurance companies from denying you your mandated benefits. So wait and save your money for cool downloads.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130625160101AALP70a

Axe on January 9, 2014 at 9:25 PM

So who is surprised that the low IQ, low info voters don’t know what’s going on.

Just given them some money, they’ll be happy.

It’s only “fair”.

GarandFan on January 9, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Just require them to sign up for Obutthole care before they can get their next welfare subsidy, unemployment kick back, social security bribe.

paulsur on January 9, 2014 at 9:45 PM

As much as I have followed this issue since the debate began, I don’t know the answer to a basic logistical question. If you don’t file a tax return, how does the government find you to find out whether or not they have to fine you? Or does every single adult in America now have to file a tax return? That will catch the attention of the low-info voter.

txmomof6 on January 9, 2014 at 9:56 PM

As much as I have followed this issue since the debate began, I don’t know the answer to a basic logistical question. If you don’t file a tax return, how does the government find you to find out whether or not they have to fine you? Or does every single adult in America now have to file a tax return? That will catch the attention of the low-info voter.

txmomof6 on January 9, 2014 at 9:56 PM

You don’t have to have “The Minimum” if you don’t file a tax return. This was never about insuring poor people.

Gimme a minute to fetch your link.

Axe on January 9, 2014 at 10:14 PM

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Questions-and-Answers-on-the-Individual-Shared-Responsibility-Provision

6. What are the statutory exemptions from the requirement to obtain minimum essential coverage?

Religious conscience. You are a member of a religious sect that is recognized as conscientiously opposed to accepting any insurance benefits. The Social Security Administration administers the process for recognizing these sects according to the criteria in the law.
Health care sharing ministry. You are a member of a recognized health care sharing ministry.
Indian tribes. You are a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe.
No filing requirement. Your income is below the minimum threshold for filing a tax return. The requirement to file a federal tax return depends on your filing status, age and types and amounts of income. To find out if you are required to file a federal tax return, use the IRS Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA).
Short coverage gap. You went without coverage for less than three consecutive months during the year. For more information, see question 22.
Hardship. The Health Insurance Marketplace, also known as the Affordable Insurance Exchange, has certified that you have suffered a hardship that makes you unable to obtain coverage.
Unaffordable coverage options. You can’t afford coverage because the minimum amount you must pay for the premiums is more than eight percent of your household income.
Incarceration. You are in a jail, prison, or similar penal institution or correctional facility after the disposition of charges against you.
Not lawfully present. You are not a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national or an alien lawfully present in the U.S.

Axe on January 9, 2014 at 10:19 PM

What a total shock. Like people who can’t figure out healthcare, insurance and managed to probably vote for Obama don’t understand ObamaCare.

Well, why should they? Someone will eventually come by and help them out and infantilize them. Isn’t that what the government is for??

kim roy on January 9, 2014 at 10:21 PM

They prefer the ACA…because “it’s more affordable”.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Axe on January 9, 2014 at 10:19 PM

All muzzies…

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2014 at 11:55 PM

“Don’t call it Obamacare? Lady, your lucky I didn’t call a steaming pile of government issue horse-manure!”

smellthecoffee on January 10, 2014 at 7:19 AM

Previously uninsured, chronically ill, single brother in law just got enrolled in Obamacare. $389/month $159/subsidy. His healthy single friends can’t afford it and are going to pay the fine. Brother in law has already been to the doctor twice this year. See, Obamacare practically pays for itself!

ctmom on January 10, 2014 at 7:44 AM

…yet they somehow found the way to a polling location.

Tsar of Earth on January 10, 2014 at 8:17 AM

This administration is so incredibly stupid.

Just require welfare recipients attend an Obamacare information session as a pre-condition to receiving their 2014 welfare (payment, food stamps, etc). They will now know they have to purchase insurance or they will get fined $2,000 because of the Democrat law! Voila!…

They’ll vote Republican.

…Ok, I see why they didn’t do it after all!

dominigan on January 10, 2014 at 9:59 AM

It’s because they’re stupid. Lets quit beating around the bush and tell the truth. I’m related to them, an it’s because their stupid. They don’t make good informed decisions, and becoming informed is boring, and they just can’t be bothered. Government hand outs will never work either. They aren’t bad with money because they never had any, but because their bad with money. There is a docmentary detailing the trouble they get into when they win the lottery. Giving them large amounts of money is actually bad for them, their that stupid.

DFCtomm on January 10, 2014 at 11:16 AM