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October 21, 2014

McKinsey Survey Finds Vast Majority Paying Premiums

Modern Healthcare: “Roughly a quarter of individuals who purchased health plans through the state and federal exchanges were previously uninsured, according to the latest survey results from the McKinsey Center for U.S. Health System Reform.”

“87% of respondents who had enrolled in coverage indicated that they had made their first premium payments. That was up from 77% in the February poll and aligns with figures that some large insurance companies have released.”

“Roughly 60% of respondents who shopped for coverage but didn’t enroll in a plan cited affordability as the reason for not completing the transaction …. Ignorance about the availability of subsidies remained high for uninsured individuals. Two-thirds of those individuals who cited affordability as the primary reason why they did not enroll in a plan were unaware of the availability of premium subsidies.”

  • moderatesunite

    then, they really need to make the fact that subsides are available more obvious.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    As a former republican supporter, it sickens me the way the senate republicans have held” hostage” the passing of the unemployment extension bill in the senate. When there are more than 2.6 million families affected by unemployment in this country, many of whom have lost everything and have become homeless, while waiting for the extension bill to finally be passed. It saddens me to think that my party who claims to represent “family values”, have shown itself, to be the party that represents big business interests, and lobbyists. Senators such as John Boehner, have put the interest of the XL Oil Pipeline lobbyist, before his own constituents, and countrymen. The republican party has shown us their “new face”, and it’s not a pretty one. When millions of families in this country have had to face evictions, home foreclosures, personal bankruptcy, and homelessness, the senate are still playing “party politics” as usual. Since late last December the republican senate have used these poor families as bargaining chips, and for political leverage, to advance their own political agenda. As Benjamin Franklin once said “you can’t fool all of the people all of the time”, and the republican party will see a tremendous backlash by these millions of voters in the coming election. Many of voters who were once long time republicans, are disillusioned, and disgusted by the republicans uncaring and unsympathetic policies and decisions. I nor any of my “former ‘ republican friends, will not ever AGAIN VOTE FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

  • Delphine

    In fairness, I heard a lot of stories from other ACA workers that folks who got the smaller subsidies, and those just over the income line who got no subsidies at all, were claiming they couldn’t afford the insurance, even though the prices were perfectly reasonable market rates. In particular, the extremely high deductibles on the Bronze plans made people feel (with reason) as though they would be paying in some cases hundreds of dollars a month for very little value. Turns out there is something called a “grudge purchase,” and when you’re already not an Obama fan, it gets a lot grudgier.

    We really need the invisibility (through taxes) of single-payer premium cost. Not sure when we might get it.

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