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article imageOp-Ed: Poll — Most uninsured will opt-in to health insurance

By William M. Schmalfeldt     Sep 30, 2013 in Politics
Washington - About 65 percent of uninsured Americans say they more likely to get health insurance instead of paying the fine authorized by the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act.
A poll released Monday morning by Gallup shows 65 percent said they are more likely to get health insurance, while a quarter of uninsured Americans said they will pay the fine and 11 percent said they have no opinion.
A bit less than half of uninsured Americans – 48 percent — said they will get health insurance through one of the state or federal exchanges slated to open Tuesday, compared with 36 percent who said they will not.
The individual mandate was instituted as a controversial portion of the Affordable Care Act with the idea that some people won't purchase insurance unless there is a consequence for not having it. It's the same principle as used by most states for requiring at least a minimum amount of liability insurance on their cars. The theory is, the more people who get insurance, the lower the premiums, and the lower the expense paid by taxpayers for uninsured folks who seek health care in the emergency room, which is far more expensive than preventative care or regular visits to a doctor.
The Supreme Court ruled this year that the individual mandate, along with the rest of the Affordable Care Act was, in fact, constitutional.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is set to shut down the government at midnight tonight (Monday) if the Senate doesn't agree to the bill they sent over on Sunday to delay ObamaCare for one year. The Senate has said they will not consider the bill and President Barack Obama has said he would veto any such bill that crosses his desk.
A different poll last week showed that 59 percent of American opposed shutting down the government over defunding Obamacare, with only 19 percent saying it was a good idea with 22 percent saying they were not sure.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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