Just 15 percent of those polled, and only 12 percent of the working-age uninsured, knew the exchanges were launching in October for the start of a six-month sign-up period. Sixty-five percent of respondents were aware that Obamacare created the exchanges, however.
The survey found that more than three years after the law’s enactment, 51 percent of Americans felt as though they didn’t understand it well enough to determine how it will affect them and their families. More than two-thirds of the uninsured — those who stand to gain the most — said the same. More than half of respondents said the news media focuses mainly on the politics of health care reform, rather than on how it affects people. A majority also said there was no news source they could trust to provide information about the law.
Asked what questions they would most like answered, Americans most commonly wanted to know how much health insurance would cost under Obamacare, how the spending is financed, and where they can find a simple summary of the law.
(HuffPo agitprop links removed for reasons of malice aforethought) The real eye-opener in that survey – which HuffPo somehow, ah, ‘forgot’ to mention in easily-searchable form – is that 74% of the uninsured don’t know when the exchanges start up. Only 12% of them know the correct, or at least ‘ostensible*,’ date. This implies the following:
- That the same administration that has had three and half years to unsuccessfully message the public on critical details of Obamacare now has one and a half days to reach three quarters of the uninsured population.
- That the aforementioned uninsured population is apparently not as frantic about their lack of insurance as one might expect from various Democratic hysterics.
- And that Tuesday may end up being one heck of a day for people who enjoy watching pundits and politicians lose their cool on camera.
…I had originally picked a different word than ‘cool,’ by the way. One that was also four letters long.
Via Hot Air Headlines.
*If I was uninsured and I had taken this survey I would have answered “Other,” myself: I mean, I know when the exchanges are supposed to go live. I just don’t really believe that they’re going to make that deadline in any but the most superficial and pedantic of fashions.