ObamaCare appears to be making little progress in signing up uninsured Americans, one of the law’s primary goals, according to two new surveys.
Only one in 10 uninsured people who qualify for private plans through the new health insurance marketplaces enrolled as of last month, according to a survey by the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
The McKinsey survey found that only 27 percent of people who have selected a plan on the exchanges described themselves as having previously been without insurance. That percentage is up from 11 percent a month earlier, the report said.
The Obama administration has said 4 million people have signed up for private coverage through the insurance exchanges although it is not known how many of them had been uninsured.
The administration has said 9 million people are eligible for Medicaid, a number that includes renewals. Outside experts estimate that the Medicaid eligible number may be lower, around 3.5 million.
According to McKinsey, the most common reason for not signing up for insurance cited by both previously insured and previously uninsured survey respondents was the perceived challenges in being able to afford coverage.
A second survey by researchers at the Urban Institute, a Washington D.C.-based think tank, found that Americans with lower incomes and those who are uninsured are less likely to know about the ObamaCare marketplaces than others, the Post reported.
The study, based on data from December, concluded that about 23 percent of uninsured respondents, 27 percent of adults in low-income families, and nearly 23 percent of those ages 18 to 34 had not heard about the marketplaces.
Aaaaand, should we be able to count on the Obama administration to provide us with any hard tracking data on how many uninsureds have enrolled in Obamacare? Of course not:
CMS' Cohen, asked how many uninsured signing up for ACA: “That's not a data point we are really collecting in any sort of systematic way”
Fascinating, when you consider the primary – stated, anyway – premise of the so-called “Affordable Care Act” was to give people who had previously been unable to get insurance the chance to sign up for “affordable” coverage options. You think they’d be keeping close tabs on the numbers. Or something.