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Devastating: 90 Percent of Uninsured Haven't Signed Up For Obamacare, Most Cite High Costs
Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2014 | Guy Benson

Posted on 03/07/2014 7:48:50 AM PST by Kaslin

Thursday was a very bad day -- perhaps even the worst possible day, in fact -- for President Obama to say the following about his signature healthcare overhaul: "At this point I think, actually, it is working the way it should." Here he is advancing that assessment, in living color:

Obama Won't Rule Out More Changes To ObamaCare

Obama's statement would sound wildly out-of-touch based solely on the recent announcement of his administration's 30th (!) politically-motivated Obamacare delay -- the repercussions of which expert Bob Laszewski discusses here. Adding insult to injury many of these on-the-fly changes have occurred after White House officials pledged the delay parade was over. But it gets worse. A lot worse. The Washington Post has published an absolutely devastating report about the administration's progress, or lack thereof, in signing up previously uninsured Americans under Obamacare. Which, you may recall, was the primary stated purpose of this $2 trillion law. This is what abject failure looks like:


The new health insurance marketplaces appear to be making little headway so far in signing up Americans who lack health insurance, the Affordable Care Act’s central goal. A pair of surveys released on Thursday suggest that just one in 10 uninsured people who qualify for private health plans through the new marketplace have signed up for one — and that about half of uninsured adults has looked for information on the online exchanges or plans to look. Taken together, the snapshots shown by the surveys provide preliminary answers to what has been one of the biggest mysteries since HealthCare.gov and separate state marketplaces opened last fall: Are they attracting their prime audience? One of the surveys, by the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., shows that, of people who had signed up for coverage through the marketplaces by last month, just one-fourth described themselves as having been without insurance for most of the past year...The McKinsey survey also found, as it had during the previous few months, that, of people who are uninsured and do not intend to get a health plan through the marketplaces, the biggest factor is that they believe they could not afford one.


It's difficult to overstate the scope of this failure. Fully 90 percent of uninsured Americans who are eligible for plans under Obamacare have declined to sign up for one. About half of those people simply haven't bothered looking. Four out of every five who have browsed their options elected to take a pass. And if you're waiting for a statistical rebuttal from the White House, don't hold your breath:

CMS' Cohen, asked how many uninsured signing up for ACA: “That's not a data point we are really collecting in any sort of systematic way” — Sam Baker (@sam_baker) March 6, 2014


Among uninsured Americans who've said 'no thanks' to Obamacare, the number one factor (by far) cited is lack of affordability, even after all of the taxpayer subsidies are calculated:


CHART: McKinsey survey shows 50% who shopped exchanges and did not purchase cited affordability as the reason. pic.twitter.com/SqJMvqciL3 — Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) March 6, 2014


According to a review by eHealthInsurance.com, average unsubsidized individual premiums have increased 39 percent for individuals and 56 percent for families compared to pre-Obamacare levels. The former finding aligns closely with the Manhattan Institute's research. So the overwhelming majority of "new" Obamacare enrollees are people who already had coverage before the law was passed. Millions of those people were uprooted from their preferred coverage (a major broken promise) and forced into new plans, for which many are paying more. Disaster. And again, it gets worse: Of those few previously-uninsured Americans who have "selected plans" under Obamacare (thus fitting the administration's loose definition of "enrolled"), nearly half haven't paid their premiums. Those people are not covered:

CHART: McKinsey survey shows 50% who shopped exchanges and did not purchase cited affordability as the reason. pic.twitter.com/SqJMvqciL3 — Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) March 6, 2014


And as a final indignity, Gallup is out with new polling on Obamacare. Fox News' national survey released last night showed Obama's approval rating on healthcare underwater by 23 points, with 57 percent of Americans saying that his administration has failed to improve America's healthcare system. Gallup asks different questions, but the results are just as ugly. Approval of Obamacare remains terrible (40/55) with more than twice as many Americans saying the law has hurt their family's situation (23 percent) than helped it (10 percent). And this speaks for itself:



Obamacare is failing to insure the uninsured, driving Americans' healthcare costs up, and hurting twice as many people as it's helping. How many voters would agree with the president's assessment that this law is "working the way it should"?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: 0bamacare; obama; obamacare; obamalies
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1 posted on 03/07/2014 7:48:50 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Get a load of that look on Barry’s face.
This goose is COOKED, and he KNOWS it.


2 posted on 03/07/2014 7:49:58 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin
Gee, the same people who didn't buy their own health care insurance before aren't buying their own health care insurance now!

Who could have predicted that?

3 posted on 03/07/2014 7:50:03 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: Kaslin

People have “wised up” to this scam.


4 posted on 03/07/2014 7:50:24 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Kaslin

Great news! Renewed hope that this monstrosity will collapse under its own weight.

Thanks for the uplifting post.


5 posted on 03/07/2014 7:50:43 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Kaslin

I for one, will NEVER sign up for Obamacare.
If my employer stops offering medical plans, I will join an exempt healthsharing plan.


6 posted on 03/07/2014 7:51:01 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

The goal was to destroy the private medical insurance industry. I don’t think he’s failed in that yet.


7 posted on 03/07/2014 7:51:50 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Well this week, after having his rear-end handed to him by Putin, he should be looking a bit sour.


8 posted on 03/07/2014 7:52:15 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Kaslin

One more time people. It is “working the way it should” because it was intended to fail. It is meant to put the health insurance carriers out of business by making them offer expensive policies that can’t exclude for pre-existing conditions then (Democrats say privately) for the government to ride to the rescue with single payer as their way out of the mess they caused.

Once again, ObamaCare is designed to fail so that single payer can be proposed as the final solution.


9 posted on 03/07/2014 7:55:36 AM PST by OrangeHoof (2001-2008: "Dissent Is Patriotism!" 2009-2016: "Dissent Is Racism!")
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To: Buckeye McFrog

By state law they get free healthcare, why pay for insurance?


10 posted on 03/07/2014 7:56:06 AM PST by edcoil (Realism is only a socially accepted form of pessimism)
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To: Kaslin

"Your @$$ is grass." "No, YOUR @$$ is grass."

11 posted on 03/07/2014 7:56:19 AM PST by Slyfox (When Jesus sees a momma holding her little baby, it reminds him of his own momma.)
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To: Biggirl

Name one dictator that really cared about public opinion....he’s no different. His plan is going as expected...


12 posted on 03/07/2014 7:56:50 AM PST by mikelets456
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To: Kaslin

Soory 0. I don’t trust you with my personal and banking information anymore than i would Nigerian 419’er. In fct one could make an argument that they are one in the same.


13 posted on 03/07/2014 7:58:37 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: mikelets456

BIG DIFFERENCE.

Obama KNOWS more Americans are turning against him, in their own quiet way.

Telling it like it is.


14 posted on 03/07/2014 7:59:42 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

In 2010, the Feds were predicting that there would still be 20 million uninsured after full implementation of Obamacare. This is something that for anyone paying attention (mainly those in the healthcare industry) knew from the get-go. Obama is correct in saying that this is all going as planned: Maximum Cluster failure = Cry for Single Payer...at least that is what Obama’s central planners think. Of course, they don’t really care what anyone wants — this is all about the CHAOS.


15 posted on 03/07/2014 8:01:02 AM PST by Sioux-san
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To: Kaslin
They never really bothered to ask WHY there were 30 million uninsured before, they just assumed all of them were poor people who needed our help.
Never asked if they wanted our help.
Never asked if all of them wanted insurance.
Never asked if there were other reasons, like self insured people who prefer to pay cash.
Never asked if some were uninsurable by any standard.
Never asked everybody else if they were willing to give up their existing plans.

Ironically, it would have been much cheaper to buy 30 million basic health plans than this slow motion train crash they put in place.

16 posted on 03/07/2014 8:01:12 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: jsanders2001

Sorry 0. I don’t trust you with my personal and banking information anymore than I would a Nigerian 419’er. In fact one could make an argument that you are one in the same.


17 posted on 03/07/2014 8:01:17 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: BitWielder1

It was never really about providing healthcare. It was to compile a central citizen database to use as a tool of power to oppress when needed.


18 posted on 03/07/2014 8:03:54 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: MrB

I agree. Destroy the private sector and move it to the public sector.

I see several comments on here that this thing has failed.

I disagree. Once this program has started, the GOP-e will not have the guts to stop it.

Dims have been smart on this rollout. Give the good stuff out first that most agree with...no denying coverage, no cancellation of coverage, kids stay on to 26, etc.

They keep delaying the stuff people don’t want like having to actually pay for this.

It’s like a drug dealer. Give out free stuff to get you hooked and then they’ve got you.


19 posted on 03/07/2014 8:04:36 AM PST by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: Kaslin

Obama is a fricken idiot! Repeal this nonsense! NOW!!


20 posted on 03/07/2014 8:05:01 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: jsanders2001

Revolt is coming.


21 posted on 03/07/2014 8:06:04 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Starboard
Renewed hope that this monstrosity will collapse under its own weight.

I'm of the opinion it was never meant to succeed - single payer inbound. (I hope I'm wrong mind you).

22 posted on 03/07/2014 8:09:34 AM PST by mykroar (We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again. - Nathanael Greene)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

- They are both aging fast in that photograph

- Money and Power cannot buy a new or different face…...


23 posted on 03/07/2014 8:11:55 AM PST by devolve (- Tell Vladimir after my erection I have more FLEXIBILITY -- I need more SPACE - BHO Jr -)
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To: Biggirl

Its already here but in the shadows


24 posted on 03/07/2014 8:14:29 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

Rather it has started with upcoming plans from what I have read, about a big gathering on May 16, 2014, called “Operation American Spring” in Washington D.C.


25 posted on 03/07/2014 8:16:14 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

They thought it was going to be free.


26 posted on 03/07/2014 8:18:08 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: mikelets456
Name one dictator that really cared about public opinion...

Mussolini--at the very end. /S

27 posted on 03/07/2014 8:18:24 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Jim Robinson

I think this sad a lot:

Prop. 4 - Republican - Testing Before Receiving Welfare 
In Favor 95% (X)
Against 5%

Prop. 5 - Republican - Elected Officials Subject to Same Laws as Constituents 
In Favor 99% (X)
Against 1%

Prop. 6 - Republican - Repeal the Affordable Care Act 
In Favor 93% (X)
Against


28 posted on 03/07/2014 8:19:21 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

I think the election results said a lot about how The Prople feel:

Prop. 4 - Republican - Testing Before Receiving Welfare 
In Favor 95% (X)
Against 5%

Prop. 5 - Republican - Elected Officials Subject to Same Laws as Constituents 
In Favor 99% (X)
Against 1%

Prop. 6 - Republican - Repeal the Affordable Care Act 
In Favor 93% (X)
Against


29 posted on 03/07/2014 8:20:22 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Kaslin

The infuriating this is that Obamacare is doing EXACTLY what it was designed to do: increase costs and drive insurance companies out of business and sweep in socialized medicine.


30 posted on 03/07/2014 8:20:44 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I’d love to see those two (and others) in prison and waterboarded.


31 posted on 03/07/2014 8:22:36 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: OrangeHoof
It is “working the way it should” because it was intended to fail.

If Obamacare worked in a vaccuum, I would agree. But this is translating into a loss of votes for the democrats. Even Hillary Clinton is distancing herself from Obamacare.

32 posted on 03/07/2014 8:23:39 AM PST by kidd
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To: Pearls Before Swine
Mussolini--at the very end. /S

Heh.


33 posted on 03/07/2014 8:23:52 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Biggirl

> Rather it has started with upcoming plans from what I have read, about a big gathering on May 16, 2014, called “Operation American Spring” in Washington D.C.

And of course 0 can’t wait to roll his brown shirt army out in full assault gear WITH automatic assault weapons, APC’s, microwave skin fryers, roof top snipers, and drones at the ready but won’t he be surprised when they wheel around to face him?


34 posted on 03/07/2014 8:26:11 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: mykroar

The financial underpinnings of Obamacare do not make sense. The math doesn’t work. The structure will collapse, IF Republicans don’t step in and try to salvage it. They don’t call it the Stupid Party for nothing.


35 posted on 03/07/2014 8:28:39 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Biggirl
Obama KNOWS more Americans are turning against him, in their own quiet way.

Until the Americans turning against him, not so quietly, are the ones sitting on Capitol Hill, it doesn't make a damn bit of difference.

36 posted on 03/07/2014 8:29:16 AM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: jsanders2001

Have you been listening to WAY TOO MUCH Alex Jones lately. LOL!


37 posted on 03/07/2014 8:29:25 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: kidd

> It is “working the way it should” because it was intended to fail.
If Obamacare worked in a vaccuum, I would agree. But this is translating into a loss of votes for the democrats. Even Hillary Clinton is distancing herself from Obamacare.

Let us not forget Benghazi and the fact she and her husband were pushing the very same type of healthcare program but it wouldn’t take hold because of their skin color. There’s so much more than that though.


38 posted on 03/07/2014 8:29:47 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: workerbee

Keep a close eye on the polls. They are telling.


39 posted on 03/07/2014 8:30:15 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl

a big gathering on May 16, 2014, called “Operation American Spring” in Washington D.C.

**********
I can’t wait for this. Its the moment we’ve been waiting for. Let’s get it on!


40 posted on 03/07/2014 8:32:00 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Starboard

“Let’s roll”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


41 posted on 03/07/2014 8:33:00 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl

I know a family that was a victim of Alex Jones syndrome. They moved to Costa Rica last year.


42 posted on 03/07/2014 8:33:09 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

That is why I stay away from Alex Jones.


43 posted on 03/07/2014 8:34:09 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: MrB

Only idiots would sign up for the 0bama/Hillary/Demonrats healthcare plan


44 posted on 03/07/2014 8:34:20 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: devolve

They ARE aging fast — but I’ve learned to never put much stock in politician’s snapshots -— two seconds later expressions and demeanor can change dramatically — but you’ll never see those pictures.


45 posted on 03/07/2014 8:34:35 AM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Biggirl

I tarely listen to Alex Jones because sometimes borders on being a conspiracy nut but he does come up with some interesting topics for discussion. I’m just reflecting what I’m hearing with my ear to the ground. Many people are finally getting to the point where he has pushed them to the wall. He has destroyed many of their lives indirectly but he is still the root cause. I’m not talking about violence before anyone gets the wrong idea.


46 posted on 03/07/2014 8:34:43 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001
It was never really about providing healthcare.

True. It was for Health Control, People Control, Money Control. Libs Love Control.
It's a Sick Tax. A tax for being sick, even if you're not sick now. Libs Love Taxes.
It's to bring down two successful industries: Insurance and Medical. Libs Hate successful business.
It's wealth redistribution. Libs Love grabbing other people's wealth.

As much as they say they hate capitalism, they would just love to control the purse strings of 1/6 of the US economy and do pretty much what they want with it.

47 posted on 03/07/2014 8:35:30 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Starboard

a big gathering on May 16, 2014, called “Operation American Spring” in Washington D.C.

**********
I can’t wait for this. Its the moment we’ve been waiting for. Let’s get it on!

This cannot be one of those 1 Million Man marches or 2 Million Motorcycle events where only 800,000 show up. You better flood that city with 10 Million to show you are REALLY fed up and its impeachment time or there will be problems


48 posted on 03/07/2014 8:42:25 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Buckeye McFrog
You would think so but look at the first word in Michael Barone's column

Obama's Mistaken Belief That Others See the World as He Sees It

And the definition of it in Merriam-Webster dictionary.com

Solipsism

49 posted on 03/07/2014 8:42:49 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Biggirl

I was at the seminal 912 Tea Party event in DC. It was a huge rally. Great turnout of hundreds of thousands of patriots.

I hope the 516 event dwarfs it. We have a chance to make a big statement.


50 posted on 03/07/2014 8:43:03 AM PST by Starboard
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