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Pew: Obamacare site attracts curiosity seekers, not those needing insurance


The huge advertising and free publicity wave encouraging Americans to check out the new Obamacare website has fallen flat, with just 14 percent of adults claiming to have visited an exchange website, according to a new poll.

What's more, the Pew Research Center said that 70 percent of those who've used the Obamacare site already have insurance. Just 29 percent said they don't have insurance.

Pew, calling the launch of Obamacare “bumpy,” revealed that just 29 percent said that the glitchy website worked “very or fairly well,” with another 46 percent saying that it didn’t work well, a finding acknowledged by President Obama today.

Pew's survey of 1,504 adults found that most of the visitors to the Obamacare exchange websites were curiosity seekers, not those in need of insurance.

Said Pew: “Most of the visitors to the exchange websites are people who have insurance: 41 percent of exchange visitors have employer-provided insurance, and another 15 percent are covered by Medicare, Medicaid or another government program. Some 10 percent of exchange visitors are self-insured, and 29 percent of visitors are uninsured. Most (58 percent) who have visited the sites say they went just to learn more about the exchanges, while 32 percent say they were looking for health care options for themselves or their families.”

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.