Don't blame media for insurance woes

January 13, 2014 

Democrats upended health care as we knew it so the uninsured could obtain coverage. But more than three months after the health care exchanges opened, 68 percent of uninsured Americans still haven't even visited the online marketplaces, according to a survey by Enroll America.

The group blames the media's coverage of the Healthcare.gov website launch disaster, which is plain silly. The truth is you can't make people do something they don't want to do.

The government is spending millions of dollars to get the word out. If people without health insurance really wanted it, they would be clamoring to sign up.

Instead of expecting people to take the initiative, a more effective approach would be to sign up people when they visit a doctor's office or an emergency room without insurance. Maybe we can try that next after this effort bottoms out.

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