Bloomberg by the Numbers: 28%

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Insurance agents with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors helps a customer purchase an insurance policy under the Affordable Care Act at the store setup in the Westland Mall on November 14, 2013 in Hialeah, Florida.

That’s the share of Americans lacking health insurance who say they’ll pay a fine rather than purchase coverage, according to Gallup.

That compares with 63 percent of the uninsured who say they’ll buy coverage rather than pay a fine.

The Gallup survey was conducted from Nov. 20 to Dec. 2., as the Obama administration was fixing technological problems and software errors with the healthcare.gov website.

“The biggest differences appear by party identification — 45% of uninsured Republicans plan to pay the fine, compared with 31% of independents and 15% of Democrats,” Gallup’s Jeffrey M. Jones said in a written analysis.

“Getting the federal exchange fixed is necessary because almost all Americans are required to have health insurance by March 31 or pay a fine of as much as 1 percent of their income,” as Alex Wayne and Alex Nussbaum explained in a Nov. 23 story.

More than 1 million people visited the Obamacare site Dec. 2, Wayne reported yesterday.

President Barack Obama, whose approval ratings have slipped in the past few weeks, yesterday began “kicking off a three-week campaign to program marred by a troubled implementation,” Bloomberg’s Roger Runningen and Mike Dorning reported.

 

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