Frank Newport and Kyley McGeeney reported that of the uninsured, only 68 percent are even aware that they will be forced by the federal government to have health insurance or pay a fine. Additionally, only 69% of 18-29-year-olds were aware of the law's individual mandate.
It seems that these folks will be in for a rude awakening, particularly those who are struggling in the weak economy. According to Caroline Humer of Reuters, under Obamacare's health exchanges,
"Americans will pay an average premium of $328 monthly for a mid-tier health insurance plan."
The penalty for 2014 is One percent of an individual's entire annual salary or $95, whichever is greater. In 2016, it increases to $695., or 2.5 percent of one's entire annual salary.
It would be interesting to know the reason why 25 percent of uninsured people plan to defy the law, aside from the obvious financial burden. Are people worried about government access to their medical records? Are people taking a stand against the law because it is being enforced by the IRS, who unfairly targeted conservative groups who sought tax-exempt status? It would be a question worth exploring.