Approximately 15 percent of uninsured Americans — those whose incomes are not below the poverty line and are, thus, ineligible for Medicaid — could gain affordable health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s health care marketplaces. But, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times poll, many of those who are eligible to register for insurance under Obamacare are still not sure whether they should be for or against the new health care reforms. The poll reveals that both uninsured and insured Americans are skeptical about the health care law. But why?
According to the poll, just 15 percent insured Americans think Obamacare will be personally beneficial to them. That, compared to about 33 percent of the uninsured. While the percentage doubles among the uninsured, it’s still pretty low considering the millions of Americans that the Obama administration believes will reap the advantages of the legislation’s implementation. About 37 percent of uninsured Americans said that they believe the new health care law will hurt them in some way, while about 27 percent said that they think the law won’t have any effect at all. Tammy Labarran, an uninsured Democrat, thinks the concept of Obamacare is too controlling.
"My biggest issue is that I don't believe people should be told what to do," she said, according to CBS News. "I don't believe that you should be told whether you have to have insurance or not, or have to wear your seat belt, or have to do this or that. At this point in time, even if it's $40 a month, I can't afford it. So it's not going to be good."
Although the poll suggests that more Americans disapprove than approve of the health care law, the Affordable Care Act’s health care marketplaces have seen a noticeable increase in successful registrants since the launch of the site in October. The administration met its Nov. 30 deadline to fix the glitches that initially plagued the site. With new features and an updated design, HealthCare.gov can now handle about 50,000 users at any given time. According to the NY Daily News, the site is equipped to handle up to 800,000 visitors a day. The White House has been reinvigorated by the high traffic coming to the site and hopes that this last-minute effort will mean real results for millions of Americans.
"We are very mindful of making sure that consumers who want coverage starting in January are able to get it," White House spokesman Jay Carney said. "Our goal is to make sure that everybody who wants to enroll through the exchanges is able to do so during the open enrollment period. We believe those numbers will be sufficient and that the pool of people who enroll will be of the necessary diversity to make sure that the ACA works as envisioned."
Skeptics aside, hundreds of thousands of people who have already registered under Obamacare will have coverage when it begins on Jan. 1, 2014. For more information on the Affordable Care Act and how you can enroll, visit the Obamacare Survival Guide.