Poll: Just 30 Percent Know ObamaCare Mandate was Repealed

April 03, 2018

The Hill
Petere Sullivan

Just 30 percent of the public knows that ObamaCare’s individual mandate has been repealed, according to a new poll.

The poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that, even after Congress repealed the mandate to have insurance as part of tax reform in December, much of the public is still confused about whether there is a requirement to have health insurance.

The poll found 43 percent of people incorrectly said it had not been repealed, and 27 percent didn’t know.

President Trump has touted the repeal of the mandate as “essentially” repealing ObamaCare.

Still, when told the mandate has been repealed, a large majority said they plan to continue getting insurance anyway.

Among enrollees in the individual market, which includes the ObamaCare marketplaces, 90 percent of respondents said they plan to continue getting coverage despite the mandate repeal, compared to just 7 percent who said they would give it up.

The poll found protecting against high medical bills and “peace of mind” are major reasons people buy insurance, unrelated to a mandate.

Much of the public has a negative outlook on the ObamaCare marketplace's future, though.

The poll finds 53 percent of the public say the ObamaCare marketplaces are “collapsing,” compared to 33 percent who say they are not. Democrats say the same by a margin of 49 percent to 37 percent.

When asked about their own coverage, however, 61 percent of ObamaCare enrollees said they are satisfied with the insurance choices available to them. And 57 percent of enrollees said their premiums either stayed the same or went down this year.

The poll also finds little interest in a new type of cheaper, skimpier insurance plan, known as a short-term plan, that the Trump administration has expanded and touted as a more affordable option.

Just 12 percent of enrollees said they would want to purchase such a plan, compared to 84 percent who want to keep their current plan.

The poll was conducted Feb. 15-20 and March 8-13 among 2,534 people. The margin of error is 2 percentage points.

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