Most Uninsured Americans Are Unaware of Obamacare Deadline

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 03/26/2014 | 11:45 AM EDT

With the March 31 deadline looming, the Obama administration's goal to get 6 million people enrolled is unlikely

The March 31 deadline for uninsured Americans to sign up for government health insurance, also known as Obamacare, is vastly approaching. And according to a poll, most people without health insurance are unaware that the last day to enroll without facing a financial penalty is less than a week away.

So far, five million people have signed up for Obamacare, which is still short of the 6 million goal set by the Obama administration. An independent foundation found that 50 percent of adults under the age of 65 who still lack coverage plan to remain without insurance, while 40 percent aim to sign up by the deadline at the month’s end. The other 10 percent said they did not know what they would do.

Only four in 10 of the uninsured knew the deadline to sign up for coverage, the poll also found. Additionally, a third of the uninsured who were polled didn’t know they are subject to a fine if they don’t obtain coverage (this is excluded for those with financial hardship).


Such findings have often been used as a dig to President Barack Obama and his administration by Republicans, who oppose Obamacare and accuse it of skyrocketing premiums for Americans who are either self-insured or insured through their employer.

Overall, the poll revealed that the majority of the public still hold unfavorable views of the health care law with 46 percent saying they dislike the law, while 38 percent approve.

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