Obamacare Still Confusing to Many: Poll
A new Kaiser Health Foundation tracking poll finds only one in 10 consumers are getting information about the Affordable Care Act from their employers, even though open enrollment for new health care coverage options under ACA is just six months away.
The tracking poll also found that only 3% of consumers said that information they get about ACA is the “most important source” of news and information about the health care law, otherwise known at Obamacare.
By Jan.1, 2014, employers that have more than 50 full-time employees will be required to provide health insurance or pay a fine. Employers that don’t provide health insurance are supposed to inform employees about online health insurance exchanges where they can purchase a policy. These exchanges are scheduled to go live in October.
About 40% of consumers said they are getting their ACA information from friends and family, and 66% of consumers said they are getting information about the health care law from mainstream media (newspapers, radio and online news, cable and broadcast TV).
The Kaiser poll also found much of the public remains confused about the status of the law even though it has received widespread media coverage.
Among other key findings of the new poll:
- Four in 10 Americans (42%) are unaware that the ACA is still the law of the land, including 12% who believe the law has been repealed by Congress, 7% who believe it has been overturned by the Supreme Court, and 23% who say they don’t know enough to say what the status of the law is.
- About half the public (49%) says they do not have enough information about the health reform law to understand how it will affect their own family.
- The share of the public that says they lack enough information to understand how the ACA will affect their family is higher between the two groups the law is likely to benefit most – the uninsured (58% of whom say they lack enough information) and low-income households (56%).
The tracking poll was designed and analyzed by public opinion researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation and was conducted April 15-20 from a nationally representative random digit dial (landline and mobile) telephone sample of 1,203 adults ages 18 and older.
The margin of error is plus or minus 3%
Based in Menlo Park, Calif., the Kaiser Family Foundation analyzes health care policies.