More than a quarter of Americans without health insurance say they’re willing to pay a fine rather than enroll in a health plan under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Though most Americans who lack insurance — 63 percent — say they’ll obtain insurance by January, a substantial 28 percent said they wouldn’t enroll and instead would pay a fine, according to new Gallup numbers.
The reluctance to buy insurance in the exchanges is higher among Republicans: 45 percent of uninsured Republicans plan to pay the fine, compared with 31 percent of independents and 15 percent of Democrats.
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Under PPACA, nearly all Americans have to buy insurance by the beginning of the year or pay a fine. In 2014, the penalty is 1 percent of the person’s income or $95, whichever is higher.
Among uninsured young adults — a key demographic needed to make the economics work — 26 percent of say they’re more likely to pay the fine, compared with 30 percent of those 30 and older.