(NEW YORK) — They may change their minds in the interim but for now, exactly one third of Americans who aren’t covered by medical insurance say in a Bankrate.com survey that they’re not going to bother signing up for coverage with the Affordable Care Act.
Even a tax penalty in 2015 isn’t enough to persuade the uninsured that they might be better off buying a health plan.
As for reasons why they won’t get covered, 41 percent said the ACA plans were too expensive, 17 percent don’t support the law on principle and 13 percent say they’re healthy enough to get away without medical insurance.
Meanwhile, 56 percent of the uninsured plan on purchasing health coverage, including 60 percent of people ages 18 to 29, the key demographic needed by the Obama administration to keep premiums from increasing for everyone else.
The Bankrate.com poll found that a lot of Americans are still oblivious to certain facts about the ACA with 48 percent not realizing that the deadline to sign up is March 31. Also, seven in ten aren’t aware of subsidies that could lower their premiums.
Overall, 30 percent of the 3,000 respondents said they felt more negative about the health care law than they did a year ago while only 13 percent expressed a more positive attitude about it.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News