'How many Americans received an email message from The White House today reminding them how important that it is to purchase healthcare insurance? How many Americans have an email account and access to the internet?
- Approximately 12% of the US population are without health insurance.
- 30% of Americans do not have broadband at home and 20% have no internet access at home at all
- The White House believes that 98% have access to basic broadband internet
According to this report last summer from Adi Robertson at The Verge, some people are declining to sign up because it is costly, and they believe unnecessary.
This is an issue because “Dot Gov” is becoming a primary means for accessing government services, even among the poor.
So, when the government and The White House send out “important” messages, it is imperative to be able to listen to them.
Among the necessities in life, one has become broadband service and an email account.
“Only 2 percent of Americans can't get internet access, but 20 percent choose not to
By Adi Robertson on August 26, 2013
While programs like the Connect America Fund have made access to broadband nearly universal in the US, less than three-quarters of Americans actually use it in their homes. A new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that 30 percent of respondents didn't have a broadband connection at home, and 20 percent had no home internet access at all. This wasn't because it was impossible to get; the White House recently reported that 98 percent of Americans had access to at least basic broadband. Instead, people are declining to sign up because of cost, problems getting online, or a simple lack of interest.
While other factors play a role, internet subscription rates break down largely by age, income, and education level. A full 80 percent of people between 18 and 29 have broadband in their homes, a number that drops to 43 percent for those 65 and older. The class divide is just as sharp: 54 percent of people in households that make less than $30,000 a year subscribe, but that number jumped to 70 percent households making between $30,000 and $50,000 and 88 percent of those making $70,000 or over. Only 37 percent of people without a diploma are connected, but 89 percent of college graduates are.
OLDER, LESS EDUCATED, AND POORER AMERICANS ARE MUCH LESS LIKELY TO BE ONLINE
The White House sent this email today.
“This is important:
Since October 1st, more than 1.2 million Americans are poised to gain coverage under Obamacare -- and more are picking plans every day.
Now, the deadline is coming up to get coverage from the Marketplace in time for the new year. You have until December 23rd to select a plan in order for your health insurance to start by January 1st.
So if you're reading this email and you need health coverage, go to HealthCare.gov right now. Shop for a plan that meets your needs, compare prices, and get covered:
Already have coverage? Most everyone knows at least one person who would benefit from coverage. Make sure they know how to sign up -- it's never been more important.”
The White House