CLAIM

An Obamacare questionnaire asked respondents whether they'd ever been in an accident resulting in their own deaths. See Example( s )

EXAMPLES
Collected via e-mail and Twitter, May 2016

Surely this is false. Is this an actual question at healthcare.gov?
AccidentResultedInYourDeath
MOSTLY FALSE

RATING

MOSTLY FALSE

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.

ORIGIN

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:

_17__have_you_ever_been_in_an_accident_that_resulting_in_your_death_-_Facebook_Search

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:

_20__Right_now_Heathcaredotgov_asks__Have_you_ever____-_Jason_T_Saunders

 

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:

_20___Have_you_ever_been_in_an_accident_that_resulted____-_Alex_Octav_Dimache

_21__Jayne_Baron_-_watching_tv_and_cant_stop_laughing__D____a_on_line___

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

_21__I_know_it_s_hard_to_see__but_I_m_doing_surveys____-_Haley_Mitchell-Godwin

 

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.