The uninsured, the supposed beneficiaries of ObamaCare, think that it’s a bad system that’s worse than the old bad system. A recent poll found that:
- Only 24% of uninsured adults thought the law was a good idea; half thought it was a bad idea.
- 56% of the uninsured believe the law will have a negative effect on the health care system.
- 42% said ObamaCare will have a negative effect on themselves and their families.
Peter Suderman of Reason magazine wrote “Let that sink in: What that means is that regardless of how bad the old system—the system that for whatever reason left them uninsured—was, a majority of people without health coverage now think that Obamacare makes it worse.”
Another poll found that 56% of Americans aged 18 to 29 disapprove of ObamaCare, compared to just 39% who support the law. Just 29% of the young uninsured said they were likely to enroll.
The financial viability of ObamaCare depends on young, healthy people to enroll so that their premiums will subsidize the older, sicker enrollees. When most of them decide to do without insurance rather than pay the high premiums (and suffer the high deductibles), that bodes ill for the taxpayers.