With all the changes in Obamacare’s deadline, the inevitable has happened. People are very confused – or possibly just quit caring anymore. At this point, in excess of half of the uninsured persons in the United States don’t even know that the health care law’s deadline is approaching, according to a Yahoo! News report on Wednesday.
The report asserts that that uninsured persons from ages 18 through 64 were asked: Do you happen to know the deadline for individuals to sign-up for health insurance? Quite incredibly, only 39 percent of those questioned said March 31. Another 43 percent don’t know when the deadline is. Thirteen percent believe it ends sometime after March. And 5 percent of the uninsured think it’s too late to enroll because they believe the deadline date passed – likely a couple months ago when the first deadline was set.
Overall, the Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 61 percent of people who are uninsured in America don’t know when the deadline is or they believe that the deadline is sometime later than it actually is.
The survey also revealed that 50 percent of people will remain uninsured, while 40 percent will obtain health insurance and 10 percent don’t know – or refuse to participate. Some of those who refuse to participate in the program have reportedly already made payments on their eventual Affordable Care Act non-coverage penalty – which is premature.
Earlier this week, the Obama administration extended the enrollment period again. This time it is extended for individuals who had already begun their enrollment but claim they couldn’t finish because of the notorious glitches in the system. Quite incredibly, there is no method of proving whether people actually deserve the extended time.