About half of all uninsured Americans decided not to buy Obamacare health insurance plans because the prices are too high, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll.
The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll was conducted among 1,204 adults across the country. The news also comes as the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reports that 13 million people are likely to purchase Obamacare plans this year, a decrease of about 8 million. Open enrollment for health care ends Jan. 31.
Fines for not buying a plan are increasing in 2016, with the smallest fine at $695, which is up from $325 in 2015, and an average fine of $1,000 per household. An official from The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) stated that 11.5 million people have selected plans and that the department estimates some 17.6 million Americans gained coverage through the Affordable Care Act.