Bloomberg by the Numbers: 39%

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People check the price plans for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act as they sit with an insurance agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors at a store setup in the Mall of Americas on March 20, 2014 in Miami.

Just 39 percent of those lacking health insurance know about the Affordable Care Act’s March 31 deadline to sign up for medical care.

That means six in 10 people don’t know the deadline or think it has already passed or is after March, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll.

More people view Obamacare unfavorably than favorably, though the gap has shrunk. Those viewing the law favorably rose to 38 percent from 34 percent in January, as the share of Americans with an unfavorable view of the ACA fell to 46 percent from 50 percent.

“The gap between unfavorable and favorable views is now eight percentage points, down from a recent high of 16 points in November and January,” Liz Hamel, Jamie Firth and Mollyann Brodie said in the written analysis.

The Obama administration, citing a flood of people attempting to enroll in insurance at the online health-care exchanges near the deadline, announced this week that those attempting to sign up who haven’t completed the process will be given an additional two weeks to do so.

“Some people will get more time to finish enrolling in Obamacare insurance plans under new rules that include anyone who begins signing up before March 31 or was previously kept from enrolling by website flaws,” Bloomberg’s Alex Wayne reported yesterday.

The Kaiser poll contacted 1,504 adults ages 18 and older from March 11-17, including 150 uninsured people ages 18 to 64. The sampling margin of error for the full sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points. The margin of error for the uninsured sub-sample is plus or minus 9 percentage points. Here’s the full poll and methodology.

 

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