Survey: Nearly Half of Phoenix Residents Confused About Obamacare Penalty

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A survey of Phoenix residents suggests that people are generally confused about what happens if they don't have health insurance at the end of this month.

Consider that there are about 1 million uninsured people statewide, and only about 60,000 have purchased health insurance through the exchange established by Obamacare -- that makes for a lot of people who may be confused.

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H&R Block hired a market-research company to survey people in Phoenix, and 37 percent of respondents said they didn't plan to enroll in a health insurance plan (keep in mind that 20 percent of people statewide don't have insurance, according to Kaiser Family Foundation statistics).

Meanwhile, they found that 25 percent of respondents weren't really sure whether there would be a tax penalty for people who don't have health insurance this year.

Even worse, 22 percent of people said there won't be a penalty for not having health insurance; i.e., 22 percent of people are going to be in for a surprise when they file taxes next year.

Although there are exemptions, the penalty is 1 percent of a person's yearly income, or $95, whichever is higher. The penalty for 2014 will be paid along with 2014 taxes, due in April 2015.

That penalty increases each year, to 2.5 percent of income or $695 per uninsured person. (See the thorough explanation on the healthcare.gov website.)

In addition to the nearly 60,000 Arizonans who have selected a health insurance plan through the exchange, almost 67,000 more people were found to be eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program, both of which have been expanded under the Affordable Care Act.

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Kevin Jay Clapper
Kevin Jay Clapper

Taft is obviously a mouth breather. I signed up last month and am incredibly proud of my President and the citizenry that elected him. Fortunately, Taft and his ilk are fading into history...to be forgotten.

Linda Evans
Linda Evans

What are Phoenicians NOT confused about?

1959cutter
1959cutter

they want 1300.00 a month for my wife and I.

I am a self employed business owner with type 1 diabetes for 35 years.

I have taken exceptional care of my health all this time, insurance sales reps would HANG UP on me,when I told them I was diabetic!

now...NOW! they want to force me to pay 25% of my monthly gross income for health insurance???


FUCK THEM! I will gladly pay the penalty,until the price comes down!

I am near the end of my usefulness to this society so come and try to get whats left of an old man that paid his own way.

I would like insurance and I voted for Obama twice,but the far right is trying to say that im looking for a hand out....fuck them,i just want what is right!

you people were duped when they forced us by law to pay a private tax( car insurance) 33 years ago!

stupid...stupid...stupid!!!

Eve Elsker
Eve Elsker

Very good thought. Thanks for sharing.

Eve Elsker
Eve Elsker

Huh? What penalty..isn't having no insurance a penalty enough of a consequence. & quit blaming obama for everything. That is a lazy ass excuse to do something about it. He is too busy posing for his photo shoots. Wtf? People get real.

John Taylor
John Taylor

I get a nice pension I'm a disabled vet.

Taft Prentice
Taft Prentice

When you have no job and no where to live and the money to pay for health care or food you will die by health care... Clueless!!

Taft Prentice
Taft Prentice

John we are all going to die one day get over yourself.

John Taylor
John Taylor

I'm A slave to schools my kids don't attend. Roads I don't drive on I pay for wars I don't agree with. I will pay extra taxes all day long or a healthy society.

John Taylor
John Taylor

I hate Obamacare because I know nothing about it.

Taft Prentice
Taft Prentice

The government is not entitled to my life and if that mean moving out of the US when that time comes, then so be it. Your welcome to pay the extra share they will feel they lost due to others leaving as well.

Kenn Tomasch
Kenn Tomasch

To be fair, nearly half of Phoenicians would lose a chess match to a shiny object.

Taft Prentice
Taft Prentice

So you except your a slave to health care? I have kids so yes I have it for them as a parent. But hell if I'm going to be forced to do anything.

Dave Smith
Dave Smith

by having health coverage, you ARE part of obamacare. Obamacare is NOT an insurance plan, it just says you must have insurance

Taft Prentice
Taft Prentice

I have health coverage, and I don't ask for handouts. Your the fool Penny to think this is a good option for anyone other than the government. What a bunch of brain washed people you have become.

Penny Tompkins Cook
Penny Tompkins Cook

Good answer. Or, how did Brewer become an elected governor? Makes no sense.

Penny Tompkins Cook
Penny Tompkins Cook

Then, Taft, if you get sick or hospitalized, do not ask for hand outs, you fool.

Dave Smith
Dave Smith

go read green eggs and ham again,,,its all about how you THINK you won't like something, till you try it

Dave Smith
Dave Smith

I think the people of Phoenix are confused about a lot of things,,,why else would you keep voting in sheriff Joe ????

azweasel
azweasel

It's the retardlicans that don't get it.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

20% don't have insurance.

37% don't plan to get insurance.

So there's a sizable number who don't know that they already have insurance, or else didn't understand the question, or else at least one of the studies is badly flawed.

As for the percentage who don't know the law, consider that a large percentage of the more intelligent people already have insurance through their employers, so they've never had to pay attention to the penalty and so might not know the answer, and it's really not too surprising that a good percentage of people who need to rely on the government for basic care might have trouble understanding how the world works.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@azweasel  

Says the person who calls people names, overgeneralizes, and shifts blame.

wilsonstreet
wilsonstreet

@valleynative the article says that 37% of theresponders in that particular market-research group said that they do not plan to get insurance and 20% of people statewide do not have insurance. These percentages do not directly relate to one another as they were not taken from the same exact pool. The market-research group is meant to represent the general population of Arizonans by taking, for example, a sample of a couple thousand people. The other percentage (the 20%) is taken from a much, much larger pool: the actual entire state.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@wilsonstreet @valleynative 

No, you're mistaken about how statistical studies work.  They both used samples of the statewide population.  The size of the sample sets has no bearing on the matter.  It only impacts the margin of error of the studies.

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