Fact Check

Have You Ever Been in an Accident Resulting in Your Death?

No, an Obamacare questionnaire didn't ask respondents if they'd ever been in an accident resulting in their deaths.

Published May 6, 2016

An Obamacare questionnaire asked respondents whether they'd ever been in an accident resulting in their own deaths.
What's True

The survey question appeared to exist, survey-takers often mocked the question from outside the United States, and were not Obamacare applicants.

What's False

The survey question was not related to Obamacare enrollment or Healthcare.gov.

In late April 2016, an image began circulating on Facebook, depicting a screenshot of a survey question asking whether you've ever been in an accident resulting in your death. Early versions of the question consisted of just a screenshot, and often came from outside the United States:


However, as the meme gained traction in late April and early May 2016, the popular image accumulated a new detail. According to some users, the question was an example of the purported ineptitude of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). By 6 May, that assertion was overwhelmingly commonplace:


Verbal descriptions of the question circulated earlier than that, going back to mid-2015.  Again, many of those social media users were from outside the United States, often in the UK:



One survey taker captured a partial URL in her share of the perplexing question:


While that user didn't specify what site asked the question, a closer look at the image revealed a web address for a survey company and an open tab for similar activity:

obamacare accident resulting in your death

On 26 April 2016, a Twitter user claimed the question was an "actual health insurance question":

In response, other users said that the question was for quality control and originated with a specific online survey company:

The survey question appears to have been authentic, and was initially found at a site called Your-Surveys.com. It is probable that initial use of the viral image was satirically attributed to the ACA by critics of the program, but it wasn't long before people (mostly from outside the United States) began to genuinely believe that the question was part of online enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Kim LaCapria is a former writer for Snopes.