Poll: Most Want Delay of Obamacare Individual Mandate

Friday, 25 Oct 2013 02:18 PM

By Melanie Batley

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The disastrous roll-out of the Obamacare website has pushed the majority of Americans to say they want the Obama administration to delay the requirement that everyone must purchase health insurance by Jan. 1 or face a fine, a new poll has found.

According to a Rasmussen Reports national survey conducted October 22-23, 51 percent of likely voters think the individual mandate should be delayed due to the widespread problems with Healthcare.gov since its Oct. 1 launch.

The glitches have thwarted people wanting to sign up for coverage on the new online health insurance exchanges.

Thirty-four percent of the 1,000 voters surveyed oppose any delay in the mandate, while 15 percent are unsure.

The results of the survey come just one day after the administration appeared to extend by six weeks the individual mandate, moving the deadline to enroll or get private insurance until the end of March.

In July, just after President Barack Obama announced the delay by one year of the employer mandate, the same poll showed that a slightly higher percentage of people — or 56 percent— favored delaying the individual healthcare mandate, compared to 26 percent who opposed doing so.

Meanwhile, after a week of intense pressure on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to resign, consultants testifying at congressional hearings into the botched roll-out confirmed that critical testing of the site didn't start until days before the launch.

On Friday, contractors working on the site, said they can have the problems fixed by the end of the year.

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