Poll: Young Adults Least Familiar With Obamacare

A new Gallup Poll finds that groups most important to the health care law tend to be the least familiar with it.

Obamacare supporters react to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold President Obama's health care law, on June 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. Today the high court upheld the whole healthcare law of the Obama Administration.
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Sophie Novack
Dec. 3, 2013, 3:47 a.m.

A new Gal­lup Poll re­leased Monday found that groups most im­port­ant to the Af­ford­able Care Act’s suc­cess are also among the least fa­mil­i­ar with it.

In­di­vidu­als un­der the age of 30 con­tin­ue to be the least fa­mil­i­ar with the health care law, ac­cord­ing to the poll. Na­tion­ally, 72 per­cent of adults are fa­mil­i­ar with the law, while 28 per­cent are un­fa­mil­i­ar. Among 18-to-29-year-olds, however, only 63 per­cent are fa­mil­i­ar, while 37 per­cent are un­fa­mil­i­ar. 

Young adults are a cru­cial tar­get group for the ACA’s suc­cess, be­cause they tend to be health­i­er and can help keep premi­um rates down by bal­an­cing costs of older, sick­er in­di­vidu­als. Demo­crats and low-in­come in­di­vidu­als are also less fa­mil­i­ar with the law. While 88 per­cent of Re­pub­lic­ans say they are fa­mil­i­ar with the ACA, 68 per­cent of in­de­pend­ents and only 65 per­cent of Demo­crats say the same.

The law is in­ten­ded to be­ne­fit Amer­ic­ans with lower in­comes, who are more likely to be un­in­sured. Yet only 70 per­cent of in­di­vidu­als mak­ing less than $90,000 a year say they are fa­mil­i­ar with the law, com­pared with 90 per­cent of those mak­ing over $90,000.

The poll was con­duc­ted Nov. 23-24 among a ran­dom sample of 1,034 adults. The mar­gin of er­ror is 4 per­cent­age points.


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