Poll: Quarter of uninsured say they'll pay Obamacare fine
December 4th, 2013
11:41 AM ET
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Poll: Quarter of uninsured say they'll pay Obamacare fine

(CNN) - More than one in four Americans who lack health insurance say they're more likely to pay a government fine for not having coverage rather than sign up for insurance, according to a new national poll.

A Gallup survey indicates that 63% of Americans who currently don't have coverage say they'll sign up, as required by the Affordable Care Act. But 28% say they're more likely to pay the fine mandated by Obamacare. That 28% figure is little changed over the last month, as the clock ticks towards the March 31, 2014, deadline for having health insurance.

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The results of the survey are based on Gallup Daily tracking the past couple of weeks of uninsured Americans' understanding of the federal health care law's requirements, and whether they plan to get coverage.

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Approximately 48 million Americans currently don't have health insurance. Under the federal law, which was passed in 2010, people without coverage will start facing fines in 2014. The amount of the fee will increase over the new few years.

According to Gallup numbers dating back to September, there's little generational divide among uninsured Americans over whether they plan to sign up for coverage, but there is a partisan gap.

"The biggest differences appear by party identification - 45% of uninsured Republicans plan to pay the fine, compared with 31% of independents and 15% of Democrats," says a release by Gallup.

The Gallup poll was conducted Nov. 20-Dec. 2 of 655 adults nationwide who say they currently don't have health insurance. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus five percentage points.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: Health care • Obamacare • Polls
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Nick

    " just saying
    gee, who would have imagined that people would resist this massive intrusion into their personal financial/medical decision? just more clueless liberal logic that thinks you can bludgeon people into doing what the liberals think is best for them. what next? force feed them tofu instead of beef because you know it is better for them in the long run and will lower medical costs? "

    Yes we are intruding on peoples finance/medical decision because it is effecting OUR medical/financial situations, typical lazy ass citizen that thinks their actions have no effect on others.

    December 4, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    ""We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It"
    -Nancy Pelosi

    Somebody drank the koolaid...."

    Yeah, the koolaid drinkers are the people who try to argue that her facetious comment should be taken literally. Or hey, would you like to take the position that all the GOP/Teatroll nonsense about "death panels" and they're deliberate mischaracterizations of the $700B in planned savings to Medicare as a "cut" were all just fabricated out of nothing? I mean, clearly, if they didn't read it and nobody knew what was in it, then the GOP/Teatrolls must've just turned on the lie machine and manufactured all of their demagoguery out of thin air, right? Choose: they were mischaracterizing what they had read or they were just making things up out of nothing because they hadn't read it.

    December 4, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Abbey

    Nice. Harding working Americans giving the bird to this administration and the hillbillies who dumped this law on the country.

    December 4, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    I bet that quarter is GOP thugs group–to blame.

    December 4, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. ST

    The headline of this article goes to show how media are always negative. What about writing: "Two Third of uninsured are ready to sign up".

    December 4, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    sonny chapman

    The purpose of "The Fine" is to encourage folks to do, in the short term, what benefits them & ALL of US in the long run. That is the PURPOSE of Govt. to TRY, not force, almost every member of Society to ALL sacrifice some so that we are ALL better off & not stuck w/the $Bill$ of those who don't. This is the same CONCEPT of that radical Idea of PUBLIC EDUCATION. Make everybody as literate as possible so that the Whole of Society doesn't have to pick up all the slack created by an illiterate Society.

    the GOP mindset..we got ours......tough luck for you

    December 4, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Borderless

    Guess who's not signing up? The very same people who Obama was depending on to help make the program work: young, healthy people with low insurance claims. Moving past the technical issues, this is where Obamacare begins to implode.

    December 4, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Naysayer quietly enrolls via the exchange and hides it from all his fellow conservative friends and family and continues to scream and shout about the ACA anyway."

    LOL at the truth of your comment, Sniffit!

    December 4, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC


    Do you get one of those cool t-shirts when you sign up?
    Nope. But the RNC was giving away T-Shirts that read "Happy Holidays is what liberals say", or something like that, until they were forced to pull them down. Happy Holidays. 🙂

    December 4, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Warren

    Thank you Nick...

    It should just be taken out of our pay check, just like Medicare is. People need to realize that when the ones that choose to not buy insurance, only hurts everyone else with higher cost.

    December 4, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Anthony in California

    Yeah. People are turning away in record numbers."

    So you should be upset with THEM, not the AHCA. We're the ones who are going to get the fees passed on to us.
    Do you consider these people "free loaders" "takers" or "moochers"? Because it sounds like you are championing their actions as a good thing, cheering on their stance because somehow it makes Obamacare look bad....
    Doesnt matter if we all end up paying the price, right? FAIL.

    December 4, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC


    @Mallory, what do you think happens now? "We" have had it stuck to "us" all along by those who do not have insurance. Perhaps someone in Washington will someday address the ridiculous incremental costs that big pharma companies and trial lawyers add to the cost of health care. Unfortunately, they have bought off both sides of the aisle, so the responsible consumers will continue to suffer.
    Until your side can come up with a viable solution, your complaints lack merit. You cannot tell someone over and over and over that they're wrong, not without telling them what is right or how to fix the problems. If you think one solution doesn't work, then come up with something that does work. You cannot declare something is wrong when you cannot describe what is correct. You're incorrect.

    December 4, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. O'drama ya Mama

    Those that choose to pay the fine are adding to the existing problem.

    December 4, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    "Anyone "choosing" to pay the fine and remain uninsured should be required to pay CASH IN FULL upon showing up at the ER for the treatment of ANYTHING! If they can't pay, they turned away and not allowed to stick the rest of us with their tab."

    "The 28% who decide not get insurance should every right not to get it. But, if during the year they get sick and show up at a hospital, they should either be thrown out on their ear and denied service or forced to pay 100% of the bill due, regardless of if they have to sell their house or take away their kids college money, or go hungry."

    "Let's hope is a BIG fine. And BTW, if they show up in an emergency room, let's hope hospitals aren't going to care for them before they show their wallets (or sign over their houses). "
    Wow. Such compassionate liberalism.

    December 4, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Yeah they will until they are not owed anything and the interest charges on the fine per month run it up to the tens of thousands of dollars because they refuse to pay the fine.

    December 4, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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