Poll: Republicans May Pay Obamacare Fine Just Because They're Republicans

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Uninsured Republicans may be willing to pay the Obamacare fine instead of buying health insurance just because they're Republicans, a Gallup poll indicates.

If true, it makes a lot of sense why a state like Arizona, which has one of the highest rates of uninsured people in the nation, but also has a relatively low number of people buying insurance through the exchange established by the Affordable Care Act.

See also:
-Young Adults in Arizona Not Exactly Flocking to Obamacare

Gallup asked uninsured Republicans, Democrats, and independents nationwide if they plan on buying insurance and complying with the individual mandate, or paying the fine instead.

By a 58-38 percent margin, Republicans said they were going to take the fine. On the other side, uninsured Democrats are gung-ho about buying insurance, 75 percent to 18 percent who said they'd take the fine. A majority of independents also said they'd buy insurance, 52 percent, while 39 percent said they'd pay the fine.

Gallup also did this poll twice earlier this year, and found very, very similar results each time.

That leads to some speculation from Gallup:
The Affordable Care Act, as is evidenced by the popular sobriquet "Obamacare" tying it directly to a sitting president, remains highly political. Not only are Americans' attitudes about the law itself highly partisan, but so are uninsured Americans' self-reported intentions to sign up for the health insurance that the law requires.

If politics are prompting some uninsured Republicans to refuse to get insurance even in the face of having to pay a fine, this would likely be distressing for the law's proponents, who presumably would want Americans to consider the law on its merits rather than its political origins. The survey results suggest that one approach that might work for ACA advocates would be to shift the discussion away from politics, perhaps using high-profile apolitical public spokespeople and focusing on the law's merits rather than on the politics of those who oppose it.
That explanation is completely plausible.

Consider this: According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, about 1.2 million people in Arizona are uninsured, around 800,000 are uninsured in Colorado, and 600,000 are uninsured in Wisconsin.

In 2012, Arizonans voted for Mitt Romney over President Obama by a 52-44 margin. Colorado picked Obama by a 49-47 margin, and Wisconsin picked Obama by a 50-46 margin.

According to the latest Obamacare enrollment figures, fewer than 58,000 Arizonans got insurance through the exchange, compared to more than 83,000 in Colorado (which has a state-run exchange), and more than 71,000 in Wisconsin.

So even though in Arizona, twice as many people could buy healthcare through the exchange than in Wisconsin, more people have purchased insurance in Wisconsin.

Gallup says it's going to look into this issue more next month, to "shed light on the demographic makeup and health status of those who are newly insured since January, focusing particularly on whether Democrats have been more likely than Republicans to sign up."

March 31 is the deadline to purchase insurance through the exchange.

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Esteban Fraijo
Esteban Fraijo

I am not a republican. I am willing to pay the fine and search more viable options. A rushed bill with allmost a thousand pages, that was never reviewed, never explained, and who made both democrats and republicans look like pitty political pandering posers, like whiny kids fighting over a toy is a BAD idea. Especially since Obama himself introduced it, because i am opposed to Obama you ask? No, because I'm opposed to Obama imposing a bill that fines you if you don't buy insurance from the insurance companies who paid him 19.6 million dollars as a "gift" after he became president. Then they spent $300 million on a website that wouldn't have cost $300,000 to make, and then contracted it to a canadian company that has “a disturbing pattern of problematic past performance.” (direct quote from a washington post article)

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Fuck obama, pray to your new messiah democrats.

David Holliday
David Holliday

If enough of us refuse this horseshit, it will go away eventually. Everyone having heath care would be great but this is NOT the way. Fine away!!!

Jenny L Stephens
Jenny L Stephens

It's a scam to take money from the hard working man to give it to the lazy man,the illegal man,the prison man,and if a fool were to sign up then you are also signing up to let them have access to your bank accts. they can bust into your house at will,In my 40 years in this country i have never seen a president and goverment try to force such a thing and then threaten you with fines if you do not comply, I am curious are all the celeberties enrolled in this? Especially the ones who have been promoting it!

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Deadbeats with no health insurance make my premiums go up. Every person I know that has signed up for the ACA has saved money. So these people that say different are full of shit.

Nathan Schneider
Nathan Schneider

Instituting a fine upon the public seems inherently wrong.

Rachel Rowe
Rachel Rowe

I was excited to have health care again, but i dont have an extra $200 a month at the moment. I would need to work a 3rd job.

Keana Lewis
Keana Lewis

Who cares what they do and don't do. Fines won't hurt me. Fine them all you want!

Steve Wesby
Steve Wesby

I can't afford it right now NOT because of my political affiliation. This is a bad time for me financially -I need to be careful how I spend my money and will be fined for not participating in gov't sponsored extortion.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

You can pay the fines if you want but when you wind up in the hospital you will find your life is ruined. The government wont pay your medical bills even if you are an idiot republican.


If you own anything it could be taken.  The number one reason for home foreclosures was medical bills. 

Nathan Schneider
Nathan Schneider

She didn't retire in Arizona and isn't using the ACA. She said the deductibles are too high. She is using an old plan, which is part of the bullsh*t we were forced to deal with. Through my employer, I only have to pay around $60 a month.

John Taylor
John Taylor

I smell bullshit. If she is poor she will pick up Medicaid if she is paying $630 she is not using the ACA and that's on her. I have 5 kids and pre existing conditions and pay $130 for my whole family. Your numbers don't add up my brother.

Linda Evans
Linda Evans

Nathan, if your mother couldn't afford the ASRS insurance plan, why didn't she wait to retire until she was eligible for Medicare?

Linda Evans
Linda Evans

People who have passports get out and see for themselves what kinds of health care systems are working well around the world. (Hint: They're single payer systems that do not exist to enrich the upper class.)

Mohammed AL-Iraqi
Mohammed AL-Iraqi

hi mr. mathan , i am from iraq and i am on my way to arizona

Jeff Martin
Jeff Martin

I enrolled on the phone today. An amazingly cool gal named Melissa helped me. Computers are running slow these days because so many people are trying to get in before the deadline. we talked about lots of cool things while waiting for the computer to catch up. My plan is affordable and reasonably good.

Scott Bowersock
Scott Bowersock

I got health insurance for the first time in 10 years because of it. Give it time. The way it was going it was going to cost 4k a month for a family by 2020.

John Taylor
John Taylor

When you buy a $50 dollar asprin at the hospital thank a republican because those hospitals have to absorb all of those uninsured dickheads costs then stick it to you through higher co pays and premiums.

chris.m.robert
chris.m.robert

Ah, that's the smell of uninsured conservatives dying early from treatable illnesses...


Jerry Barr
Jerry Barr

for most the fine is less than the premiums.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

I know Republicans that bought into it and every one of them are saving money.

Paul Reynolds
Paul Reynolds

The I laws saved hundreds monthly not even including Meds savings. My daughter just went off my insurance and she got reasonable deal that let's me not worry about going bankrupt going.

Mary Doe
Mary Doe

You got it all wrong. If you are buying outside the exchanges, you are not eligible for tax preferential treatment. And the enrollment period for the exchange plans is almost over. Outside the exchange, the insurances are not obligated to sell you their product. You may end sick and uninsured.

Judy Adams
Judy Adams

Rob, we're all pretty stupid because apparently we think it is okay for corporations to control our healthcare

Judy Adams
Judy Adams

We'll cover you when your sick, Arianna

Judy Adams
Judy Adams

Because Arizona makes it impossible

Nathan Schneider
Nathan Schneider

My mother was a teacher for 30 years. Now she is retired and has to pay $630 a month for health coverage. This is total bullsh*t. It's putting a serious financial strain on my entire family.

Arianna Lorraine
Arianna Lorraine

I didn't get the health car because I don't want another monthly bill. Rather pay the $98 whatever for the year.

Rob No Bull
Rob No Bull

FYI LInda Evans, I have jnsurance, and at one point when I did not, I paid cash for dr. appointments and an emergency room visit. So no, I don't expect other people to pay my way. As far as a passport goes, what does that have to do with the price of eggs in China?

Linda Evans
Linda Evans

I'm just guessing here that you've never had a passport, right?

Linda Evans
Linda Evans

No, you just expect the rest of us to pick up your medical tab when you get sick or injured. Smart? No. Selfish? Oh, hell, yes.

Ryan Paul Healy
Ryan Paul Healy

Ground breaking reporting and analysis right here...

Penny Tompkins Cook
Penny Tompkins Cook

Who pays the bill when they end up in the hospital with no money to pay for it?

Rob No Bull
Rob No Bull

Anyone stupid enough to let the government control your healthcare deserves what's coming to you.

Zebulon Huntting Jessup
Zebulon Huntting Jessup

Well... They can't deny you coverage under the new guidelines. It's cheaper to pay the bullshit fine than it is to be forced to pay money to these corporations. Then, when you DO get sick, you know you can get a plan... It's smarter. But the principle behind it is that I shouldn't be FORCED to give my money to assholes by thugs who wrote this bill.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Tell it to Massachusetts residents, who since 2006 have had to have health insurance or pay a penalty (keep in mind Mitt Romney was governor of MA until 2007....)

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

It's health insurance offered by private health insurance companies. How stupid are you? Do you not understand that?


dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

Will you be glad to lose your house, car and future if/when you get seriously ill? How about your job? Ever try finding one when you are too sick to work? Perhaps you feel like the rest of us should cover you when you need the doctor? That wont happen. You will pay the fine and be uninsured. You think you are healthy now but even a short stay in a hospital could cost you over 50,000 dollars. 

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

Yep, the numbers sure don't add up! The only thing that is "adding up" is the continuing barrage of right wing anti - ACA propaganda!

jeanjb
jeanjb

you should have complained in 1983,when they forced auto insurance.

it should only ilegal to have an accident with out insurance,not preventing you to drive!

it is the case of prove your inocence to the man instead of the oposite.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@jeanjb @dennis20  I'm the douchbag? Why? Because my health insurance pays for free loaders like you? 


You also should learn to read. A foreclosure on your house isn't the same as declaring bankruptcy. Medical bills will make sure you can't afford that house. Also, you wont have credit if your don't pay them and will most likely be denied any decent service except waiting in an emergancy room all night. You aren't very smart are you? 

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