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Amid glitches, uninsured are not flocking to Obamacare: poll

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Only 18 percent of uninsured adults have gone to — or have attempted to go to — a government health exchange under Obamacare since its Oct. 1 launch, a new poll says.

The Affordable Care Act is designed to get the uninsured covered through a federally run or state-run exchange, or the expansion of Medicaid in states that chose to do so.

But Gallup’s findings suggest rampant online glitches are keeping people away from the website. The pollsters previously found that less than half of uninsured Americans, 44 percent, planned to obtain insurance through an exchange, and that one in four planned to pay a fine for lacking coverage.

Still, the latest results “suggests that other factors are at work.”

“It may be that many uninsured Americans are waiting to try out the health-exchange websites until their highly publicized problems are fixed, or they may simply be putting off decisions about getting insurance until later,” Gallup said.

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