The survey found also that 57% do not feel the government (state or federal) should require individuals to purchase health coverage. Only 28% believe the ACA has directly impacted their health insurance choices in 2017 in a positive way.
The survey found that 12% of adults are uninsured, which is down from 15% in 2014 and 21% in 2013. Most commonly, the uninsured say paying their health expenses and the penalty is less expensive than the health coverage options available to them (29%). About one in six (18%) uninsured adults said they are unaware of the ACA’s insurance mandate for individuals.
Forty percent of the uninsured have a negative impression of the ACA, with 30% positive; that’s compared to 31% negative and 44% positive impressions among the insured. Hector De La Torre, executive director of TCHS, says the survey findings confirm that the cost of healthcare insurance dominates all other concerns.
“Year after year, we have found that affordability is top of mind for Americans and yet few say they are currently saving for healthcare expenses, and a substantial proportion of employed adults are not sure they are taking advantage of the healthcare savings offered by their employer,” De La Torre says.
Gregory A. Freeman is a contributing writer for HealthLeaders.