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In U.S., 43% of Uninsured Unaware They Must Get Coverage [Or be fined (taxed)]
Gallup ^ | 06/28/2013 | Jeffrey M. Jones

Posted on 06/28/2013 8:25:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The vast majority of Americans, 81%, say they are aware of the 2010 Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) requirement that most Americans must carry health insurance or pay a fine. Americans who are currently uninsured -- those most directly affected by this requirement -- are much less likely to be aware of the provision, with 56% saying they know about it and 43% saying they are unaware.

The results are based on a June 20-24 Gallup poll, which asked a series of questions on the ACA, the comprehensive healthcare reform bill signed into law by President Obama in 2010. Many of the law's key provisions will go into effect January 2014. Gallup previously reported that more Americans thought the law would make the healthcare situation worse than better for themselves and the nation.

The subgroups that are less likely to be aware of the health insurance requirement are also the subgroups that are least likely to be insured, including Hispanics, blacks, young adults, and those in lower-income households.

The federal government is ramping up its efforts to increase awareness among the uninsured to purchase health insurance. Those who lack insurance can find and purchase a plan for 2014 through a government website starting Oct. 1.

Three in Four Americans at Least Somewhat Familiar With the ACA

From a broader perspective, most Americans say they are at least somewhat familiar with the ACA as a whole -- with 16% saying they are very familiar with it and 59% saying they are somewhat familiar with it. Those who currently have insurance are more likely to say they are familiar with the law than those who are uninsured.

(Excerpt) Read more at gallup.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; 2013polls; aca; affordablecareact; defundobamacare; gallup; govtabuse; healthcare; healthinsurance; obama; obamacare; obamacaretax; pelosi; poll; socialisthealthcare; uninsured
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1 posted on 06/28/2013 8:25:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Lol! The democrat party that lives by the low-information voter, shall die by the low-information voter.


2 posted on 06/28/2013 8:26:43 AM PDT by apillar
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To: SeekAndFind





3 posted on 06/28/2013 8:27:02 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
A profile of the really low information voter/non-voter.
4 posted on 06/28/2013 8:27:36 AM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: SeekAndFind

And who is going to pay the premiums for them?

The under $30k set, or Joe Taxpayer?

I laugh at folks who think the Left will soon see Obamacare as a bad thing when their payments or fines kick in. What payments or fines?


5 posted on 06/28/2013 8:28:58 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Breaking News: Hillary not running in 2016. Brain tumor found during recent colonoscopy...)
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To: apillar

Ya, I was thinking that too. It’s the low information voters who are not aware of what’s coming, and what they will be expected to do. They have no clue how much they will be expected to pay in health insurance premiums, or that they will now have to pay for same or be fined.


6 posted on 06/28/2013 8:29:19 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SeekAndFind

They will not be fined or taxed.

They will be made Korrect citizens....


7 posted on 06/28/2013 8:29:58 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: SeekAndFind

They are also unlikely to file income tax forms, or bother with anything else like that, either.

You go to fine them, they’ll pull out a couple a raggedy singles from the pocket of their jeans.


8 posted on 06/28/2013 8:30:02 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: SeekAndFind
"Those who lack insurance can find and purchase a plan for 2014 through a government website starting Oct. 1."

ONly if they can come up with a thousand dollars a month. I'm sure everyone has enough flexibility in their monthly budget to come up with that no problem.

9 posted on 06/28/2013 8:30:17 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: apillar

He said it would be free.....duuuuuhhh......


10 posted on 06/28/2013 8:31:34 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: DoughtyOne

RE: I laugh at folks who think the Left will soon see Obamacare as a bad thing when their payments or fines kick in

It’s not a fine any longer. Justice Roberts and company re-imagined the law to be a “TAX” without requiring a re-write — in effect, legislating from the bench.


11 posted on 06/28/2013 8:31:41 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

This is going to be so much fun!!!


12 posted on 06/28/2013 8:31:46 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Harriet Meiers is looking pretty good right about now.)
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To: SeekAndFind

How will “pay the fine” be enforced?

What if they don’t earn enough to pay taxes? But instead get an earned income tax credit. Will that credit be reduced to cover the fine?

One CPA told me that the IRS doesn’t have the power in the ACA law to actually levy and collect the fine.


13 posted on 06/28/2013 8:32:09 AM PDT by tips up (Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.)
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To: proxy_user

RE: You go to fine them, they’ll pull out a couple a raggedy singles from the pocket of their jeans.

It’s not called a fine any longer. Justice Roberts and company re-imagined the law to be a “TAX” without requiring a re-write — in effect, legislating from the bench.


14 posted on 06/28/2013 8:32:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Just send all those fines, “taxes,” to the five members of the Supreme Court who passed that tax, because the House certainly didn’t. Where do you take a case of blatant unconstitutional law-making by the SCOTUS?


15 posted on 06/28/2013 8:33:40 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Ya, I was thinking that too. It’s the low information voters who are not aware of what’s coming, and what they will be expected to do. They have no clue how much they will be expected to pay in health insurance premiums, or that they will now have to pay for same or be fined.

There are going to be a lot of PO'ed Obama voters when they have their taxes done and find out their refund is cut by several hundred dollars or they have to pay. However, I really wouldn't put it past the liberal media to try and blame Republican, and being the low information voters they are, they will gladly swallow it without doing any further research.

16 posted on 06/28/2013 8:34:06 AM PDT by apillar
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

I would make a guess that there are around a million Americans who don’t turn in tax forms or make any public revenue....cash and carry only. Guys who work the flea market system and generate $50k a year....never telling neither the state or the federal government. These folks will never engage on any of this requirement business. That’s why it’ll never be a success.


17 posted on 06/28/2013 8:35:22 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: SeekAndFind

It does not matter since nothing can happen to you if you don’t pay the fine.


18 posted on 06/28/2013 8:35:31 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Scalia 2016 - Hostis Humani Generis)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good point.

Tell me who pays when folks who get Earned Income Tax Credit, can’t afford to pay insurance premiums or this “TAX” (as if).

Dollars to donuts, there’s a provision for these folks to get on a government funded program.

Once again, the middle class takes it up the...


19 posted on 06/28/2013 8:36:05 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Breaking News: Hillary not running in 2016. Brain tumor found during recent colonoscopy...)
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To: tips up

you are correct, the only thing the IRS can do is to withhold your refund if you refuse.


20 posted on 06/28/2013 8:38:47 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Scalia 2016 - Hostis Humani Generis)
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To: proxy_user
They are also unlikely to file income tax forms, or bother with anything else like that, either.

You go to fine them, they’ll pull out a couple a raggedy singles from the pocket of their jeans.

Truer than you know, because I work in finance I usually end up helping family and friends do their taxes during tax season. A friend of mine asked if I would help his twenty-something daughter and son-in-law. When they came over, it was obvious that they were the low-information Obama voter type, who didn't care about anything to do with money or taxes except how big a refund they were getting. Well as it turns out, they made slightly too much and had nothing withheld so they ended up owing money. As soon as I told them, they got up and said "forget it then, just throw it away." When I patiently tried to explain that they law said they had to file, they looked at me like I was crazy and said "Why in the world would we file if it means we have to PAY money?!?"

21 posted on 06/28/2013 8:43:57 AM PDT by apillar
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To: SeekAndFind

Stories like this one crack me up. The moocher base of the Democrat party isn’t going to be “fined” OR “taxed” - - the whole idea behind Ubama’s communist health care plan was that their health care costs would be paid for by the people who get up and go to work every day. Friggin duh. What, like it’s going to be deducted from their EBT (welfare) debit cards and food stamps or something? lol


22 posted on 06/28/2013 8:44:38 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: tips up
One CPA told me that the IRS doesn’t have the power in the ACA law to actually levy and collect the fine.

He's wrong. The IRS can do any damn thing it pleases, legal or not, and no one will do anything about it.

And, if anyone claims it doesn't have the legal authority, it will simply add a line to the regulations giving itself that authority. Does it all the time. Banana republic.

23 posted on 06/28/2013 8:45:52 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: DoughtyOne

The left’s preferred groups will pay neither premiums nor fines, and will consume a disproportionate amount of the healthcare resources that they’re getting for free.


24 posted on 06/28/2013 8:46:19 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: apillar
The democrat party that lives by the low-information voter, shall die by the low-information voter.

They'll just tell them a few more lies....problem solved, rat voters back in the fold.

25 posted on 06/28/2013 8:47:35 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Perdogg
It does not matter since nothing can happen to you if you don’t pay the fine

AFAIK the IRS simply adds it to your tax bill and then if you don't pay it, exacts the same retribution as if you don't pay your taxes.

That's the whole point of using the IRS. It can destroy anyone's life on a whim. And it will. Bet on it. This is going to be intimidation of the first degree.

26 posted on 06/28/2013 8:49:14 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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Does the IRS have enough manpower to go after tens of millions if they don’t pay this “tax” (note the quotes)?

Do we have enough jail cells to house them?


27 posted on 06/28/2013 8:56:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: apillar

The IRS doesn’t usually bother with people like that until they start making real money.

Then they do an ex-post-facto ten-year extraction, with fines and penalties.

But as a tax guy, you probably know that.


28 posted on 06/28/2013 8:57:04 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: SeekAndFind

Print the message on bags of Skittles to get the word out?


29 posted on 06/28/2013 8:58:55 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Most of them are below 150% of the poverty line, so they’ll just get free MediCal (or equivalent). They won’t have a payment.


30 posted on 06/28/2013 8:59:15 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Most of them are below 150% of the poverty line, so they’ll just get free MediCal (or equivalent). They won’t have a payment.


31 posted on 06/28/2013 9:00:34 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: SeekAndFind

How many are actually uninsured? I recall before the Obamacare was being negotiated there was only a very small number of uninsured. Medicaid took care of the poor and the rich uninsured preferred to pay cash (like Rush). The remaining were an insignificant number.

What are the actual numbers??


32 posted on 06/28/2013 9:02:58 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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If someone pays a fine does the fine serve as a premium and he then has government coverage?

If someone without insurance goes to the emergency room does the hospital bill the government?

If someone without insurance goes to the doctor and offers to pay cash does the doctor turn in the patient for not filing on his insurance? Maybe it’s like car insurance. The patient has insurance but doesn’t want to file for fear that his premiums will go up.

So many questions. Not enough stupid politicians and their staffs to answer them.


33 posted on 06/28/2013 9:03:36 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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“Most of them are below 150% of the poverty line, so they’ll just get free MediCal (or equivalent). They won’t have a payment.”

Yes. My health premium doubled, and my payroll witholdings increased by 4.9% because of Obamacare. This is just a massive program for penalizing productive people and rewarding failure.

34 posted on 06/28/2013 9:06:50 AM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: SeekAndFind

A lot of Americans will be surprised next year when they lose their employer’s health insurance and then find themselves uninsured because they cannot afford private insurance, make too much to qualify for Medicaid and the health care exchanges are not in operation. So through no fault of their own they are uninsured and then get fined by the IRS because of it. I think even the low information voter will understand they are getting screwed.


35 posted on 06/28/2013 9:08:06 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: The Great RJ

All part of the plan, make things so FUBAR that people will beg for a complete government takeover of healthcare.


36 posted on 06/28/2013 9:08:51 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, they are right!
Most of them will NOT have to pay for their health insurance. Most will go on the expanded Medicaid rolls (by design in Obamacare). The rest will be subsidized to a large degree.


37 posted on 06/28/2013 9:20:29 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Gabrial

More de facto reparations.


38 posted on 06/28/2013 9:22:02 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: DoughtyOne

The ‘right’ people won’t be fined.
I don’t believe they are going to fine everyone who doesn’t get insurance ... only certain people will be fined.

The IRS has that list started.


39 posted on 06/28/2013 9:22:45 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: SeekAndFind
This piece of legislation is probably the root cause of the current health care issue:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_Medical_Treatment_and_Active_Labor_Act

If "free" medical care wasn't a right, most people wouldn't dare go without insurance even if they had to cut back on frills like smartphone, $200 sneakers, and bigscreens.

40 posted on 06/28/2013 9:26:53 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: apillar

LMAO


41 posted on 06/28/2013 9:27:39 AM PDT by magna carta
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To: Dilbert San Diego

It’s the younger voters with decent jobs that are going to be surprised. They won’t be much better off than McDonald’s employees living in trailers and collecting food stamps and free health insurance.


42 posted on 06/28/2013 9:30:46 AM PDT by grania
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To: SeekAndFind
“TAX” without requiring a re-write

IIRC, Roberts actually re-wrote the text himself.

43 posted on 06/28/2013 9:36:22 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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RE: IIRC, Roberts actually re-wrote the text himself.

If true, he should be IMPEACHED for doing that. He has no constitutional authority to write laws for America.

The right thing to do would be to rule the Affordable Care act UNCONSTITUTIONAL as written and send it back to Congress for a re-write so that they can change all “fines” to “taxes”.


44 posted on 06/28/2013 9:39:14 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

people are dumb on obamacare because the administration wanted them to be dumb before the reelection of The One.

all you heard about obamacare was the same constant mindless prattle about pre-existing 26 year olds, blah, blah, blah. then we, the people, struck dumb, lazy, and disinterested from successive generations of public school indoctrination, either bought it, or simply did not care.

the tombstone reads, “here lie our liberties, dead from lack of interest.”


45 posted on 06/28/2013 9:46:20 AM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes, 16,000 more “agents” hired for just that purpose.

Jails are not needed. Confiscation of all your assets, including your home, will be sufficient. They will bury you in a legal black hole. The government’s legal resources are infinite. Irony of course is that you are paying for the very lawyers that will destroy you.

Don’t kid yourself. They will do it.


46 posted on 06/28/2013 9:54:21 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: SeekAndFind

Most Americans must enroll? So much for the equal protection that the government seems to use only when it works in the ruling elite’s favor.

If we must have the crap sandwich forced on us, then it should be forced on everyone even the ruling elite. Just maybe then there would be enough outrage to heat up some tar.


47 posted on 06/28/2013 9:56:32 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: apillar

Ok, that’s just scary. Did you tell them about things like an IRS audit, fines, jails, etc??? Did they have any kind of reaction to the words “audit” and so forth? I get tired of people who are just this dumb that they think they can blow off paying their own bills. I remember sitting down with my father and learning how to do my own tax forms, after I graduated college....and I NEVER thought about NOT paying whatever I owed.


48 posted on 06/28/2013 9:57:54 AM PDT by midnightcat
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To: ChildOfThe60s

No that is not correct. The only thing the IRS can do is to withhold a refund if you have one.


49 posted on 06/28/2013 9:59:48 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Scalia 2016 - Hostis Humani Generis)
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To: SeekAndFind

MY SOLUTION-—

Sign up and pay of course Acorn people as navigators to help the illiterate lo-IQ Obama-voter masses


50 posted on 06/28/2013 9:59:52 AM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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