Apathy, Uncertainty Slowing Obamacare Enrollment

Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 10:20 AM

By Joe Battaglia

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With the deadline to enroll in Obamacare just days away, many eligible people in Ohio remain oblivious to the deadline or unsure about the plan's affordability.

A report by ABC's Ohio affiliate WSYX-OH revealed sentiments ranging from indifferent to skeptical by locals who simply will not be signing up for health insurance.

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One resident of Columbus told WSYX, "To be quite honest I haven't been to a doctor in years. I don't need a doctor. I don't need any sort of health insurance."

Another person said, "It would be a hard chunk out of a family of four to afford that insurance."

Those are certainly not the responses the Obama administration had hoped for when it embarked on an all-out final push to get Americans signed up for private health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

In Ohio, that has including pulling out all the stops, including 30-second television commercials featuring NBA star and Ohio native LeBron James of the Miami Heat airing during the NCAA basketball tournament.

Apathy toward enrollment in Obamacare is not limited to Ohio. In Mississippi, where a lime green bus has been deployed by the insurance company Humana to encourage registration in the Affordable Healthcare Act, only 9 percent of the state’s Obamacare-eligible population has signed up, one of the lowest figures in the nation.

Americans generally question the long-term affordability of Obamacare.

A report by the Government Accountability Office says the plan could wind up adding $6.2 trillion to the national deficit over the next 75 years.

A Pew survey released on Friday showed Americans oppose Obamacare by a 53 to 41 percent margin.

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