A recent article tweeted on twitter showed that 20% of uninsured do not want health care insurance coverage (http://khne.ws/1qJzKtQ ). This is very interesting in light of the fact that most Americans have an unfavorable view of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
For most of the history of the United States, Americans have dictated what we want to buy (i.e. people voting with their pocketbooks) via the marketplace.
Only time will tell if Americans fully embrace the ACA. In Chapter 10 of “Here Comes Everybody” Shirky states that “The Meetup staff could not have gathered enough information to understand which parenting groups to suggest.” Since the federal government did not consult the American people in regards to what we wanted in a healthcare reform law, it will be difficult to predict the success of the ACA. More than likely, there is going to be much kicking and screaming until people are allowed to opt out. The ultimate question is whether or not people should be allowed to make the decision to purchase health insurance.
What do you think?