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Obamacare's Biggest Fans in California? The Uninsured

Obamacare's Biggest Fans in California? The Uninsured
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Obamacare is coming to an uninsured person near you starting Tuesday. If you were to believe the White House, it is the cure-all for skyrocketing health-care costs and unaffordable premiums.

And if you were to listen to the Republican party, which wants to gut funding for Obamacare, it's a socialist initiative out to unravel the free-market fabric of America (despite the fact that it's based on a concept first formulated by the conservative Heritage Foundation).

Who cares? The real metric here is what Californians without health insurance think of Obamacare. The Kaiser Foundation found out:

It turns out that half of the uninsured (48 percent) believe Obamacare will be a good thing. About 30 percent have an unfavorable view.

About 40 percent believe it will make getting insurance easier, while 17 percent say it will make it more difficult, the Foundation says.

About 37 percent say it will make no difference.

The nonprofit organization surveyed 2,000 uninsured people living in the Golden State and says it will continue to track them as Obamacare kicks in.

Kaiser says about 8 in 10 of those who are uninsured and who are eligible for coverage (e.g., not undocumented) want it.

When told of Obamacare's mandate that everyone get insurance, more than half, 54 percent, said they would go ahead and get covered.

Claudia Deane, an associate director for surveys at the Foundation:

Some uninsured people are in for a pleasant surprise when they learn they may qualify for help. Still others who think they are on track to receive assistance, including many undocumented immigrants, may be disappointed to learn they are not eligible

Bon appetit.

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