Poll: Majority of uninsured knows little about O-Care exchanges

Two-thirds of people who are uninsured say they know little or nothing about ObamaCare marketplaces, according to a new poll, and even fewer know when to sign up.

Open enrollment for health insurance sign-ups is less than a month away, but only 1 in 10 people without insurance are aware, according to the poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit health policy group.

Many people who are uninsured also don't know about one of the Affordable Care Act's core benefits — financial help to buy coverage. A total of 53 percent said they didn't know about financial assistance, though most would likely qualify for that help.


Just over 63 percent of uninsured people reported an income of less than $30,000, according to the poll, which was released Tuesday.

Still, a majority of people without insurance said they planned to purchase a plan in the next few months, though many did not know where they would buy it.  

ObamaCare remains a bottom-rung issue for most voters in the upcoming elections.

More than half of registered voters say candidates should stop talking about ObamaCare and move onto other issues.

Just 8 percent of people consider the Affordable Care Act as their most important issue for the fall elections.

The unfavorability ratings of the law have dipped slightly ahead of the midterms. A total of 43 percent said in October that they disliked the healthcare law, compared to 53 percent in July. 

The margin of error for the survey of 1,500 people is 3 percentage points. For the uninsured population, which included just 145 people, the margin of error is 9 percentage points.