A new Gallup poll brings more terrible news for President Obama and his signature health plan, showing that only 22% of uninsured Americans who plan to buy insurance have visited the ObamaCare exchanges.
One of the major selling points for using ObamaCare to disrupt our health care system (that polls showed up to 80% of Americans were satisfied with) was to insure the uninsured. But according to this poll, only a very small minority of that small minority is even interested in obtaining insurance.
Even more troubling is the realization that a month ago, only 44% of the uninsured said they would purchase insurance though the exchanges.
The high cost of premiums, the high deductibles customers have to pay regardless of any tax subsidy, and the unforgivable bungling of the rollout have apparently only served to discourage those whom we blew up a perfectly good health care system to help.
The worse news is that you can bet that those who do intend to sign up are made up of the oldest and sickest among the uninsured. Meanwhile, those uninterested in being insured are likely the youngest and healthiest.
This means a sicker and older pool of enrollees, which means higher premiums for a couple hundred million Americans who were perfectly satisfied with what they had–that is, before President Obama, Democrats, and the media decided what was best for us.
As of now, the poll shows only 18% of the uninsured have even tried to visit a marketplace website.
When you look at the nearly four million Americans who have already had their insurance cancelled, the low enrollment numbers we have seen so far, and combine that with the website problems, sticker shock, and overall disgust, it is not out inconceivable to speculate that by this time next year, ObamaCare will have caused the number of uninsured in America to increase.
This post has been updated to clarify the poll numbers.
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