Survey: Many Americans Confused, Doubtful About Obamacare


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Creatas Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — How much do you know about Obamacare?  With less than two months to go before the insurance exchanges offer a series of coverage choices, a new poll finds Americans are confused and doubtful about what’s involved.

“We were really surprised that 68 percent of our survey respondents who are uninsured right now and have a pre-existing condition have no idea what they’re going to do,” says Laura Adams of “Fourteen percent of them said, ‘You know what, I’m just going to remain uninsured.'”

People with diabetes, cancer and other serious health problems stand to benefit the most from the reforms.  

Until now “they’ve been priced out of health insurance or have been denied coverage altogether,” says Adams.  “The Affordable Care Act will allow all consumers to get health care regardless of their health condition.”

The survey finds 85 percent of those polled don’t think consumers have received enough information about Obamacare.

“Many observers are worried that healthy Americans won’t sign up for health insurance next year.  This research suggests that we should also be worried about unhealthy Americans failing to enroll,” Adams says.

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