So much for Obamacare solving the problem of the uninsured in the United States. The Wall Street Journal reported that most of those who signed up for insurance policies through the exchanges previously had insurance. Most are either individuals whose plans were cancelled, or those whose employers stopped offering coverage.
Only 11% of consumers who bought new coverage under the law were previously uninsured, according to a McKinsey & Co. survey of consumers thought to be eligible for the health-law marketplaces. The result is based on a sampling of 4,563 consumers performed between November and January, of whom 389 had enrolled in new insurance.
One reason for people declining to purchase plans was affordability. That was cited by 52% of those who had shopped for a new plan but not purchased one in McKinsey’s most recent sampling, performed in January. Another common problem was technical challenges in buying the plans, which 30% mentioned.
Health Markets Inc., an insurance agency that enrolled around 7,500 people in exchange plans, said 65% of its enrollees had prior coverage. Around 10% were dropping out of employer coverage, either because the employer stopped offering its plan or because they could qualify for subsidies on the marketplaces. Fifteen percent had previous individual plans canceled, and 40% decided to switch into coverage bought through an exchange from previous individual plans. (Read More)
Well it won’t be long until the penalties for not having insurance are increased, forcing more people to buy expensive insurance they don’t want.
Update: Linked by The Pirate’s Cove – thanks!