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Americans Blame Health Law For Rising Costs, Eroding Coverage

Meanwhile, in the background, President Barack Obama's acknowledgement that his promise that people could keep their coverage was inaccurate continues to make news.

The Associated Press: AP-GfK Poll: Health Law Seen As Eroding Coverage
Americans who already have health insurance are blaming President Barack Obama's health care overhaul for their rising premiums and deductibles, and overall 3 in 4 say the rollout of coverage for the uninsured has gone poorly. An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that health care remains politically charged going into next year's congressional elections. ... In the survey, nearly half of those with job-based or other private coverage say their policies will be changing next year — mostly for the worse. Nearly 4 in 5 (77 percent) blame the changes on the Affordable Care Act, even though the trend toward leaner coverage predates the law's passage. Sixty-nine percent say their premiums will be going up, while 59 percent say annual deductibles or copayments are increasing (Alonso-Zaldivar and Agiesta, 12/15).

The Hill: People With Health Insurance Sour On ObamaCare, Poll Finds
People with health insurance are unhappy with the rollout of ObamaCare, and many of them blame the law for changes in their policies, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The online survey of 1,367 adults found political challenges for President Obama and congressional Democrats among the population they said would largely be unaffected by the new healthcare law – the 85 percent of people who already have health insurance (Berman, 12/15).

Des Moines Register: Iowa Poll: Iowans Still Split On Obamacare
Few Iowans believe the Affordable Care Act will make their families or the country better off, though more than half predict it will help people who are uninsured, a new Iowa Poll finds. However, Iowans' views of the overall law have not changed much in the past three months, despite a torrent of negative news stories about it, the poll shows (Leys, 12/15). 

The Associated Press: Obama's Health Care Promise Is 2013 Top Quote
President Barack Obama's acknowledgement that his promise that Americans could keep their health insurance plan turned out to be inaccurate topped this year's list of best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian. Other notable quotations on Fred Shapiro's eighth-annual list included Pope Francis’ urging that the Catholic Church reduce emphasizing hot-button issues like abortion, a Republican governor insisting on changes in his party and a Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban calling for a campaign against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism (Christoffersen, 12/15).

CBS News: Obama's "Keep Your Plan" Promise Labeled "Lie Of The Year"
President Obama’s assurance that "If you like your health plan, you can keep it" was named the "Lie of the Year" on Thursday by PolitiFact, a fact-checking organization spun off of the Tampa Bay Times. Mr. Obama’s promise, repeated ad infinitum during and after the health care bill’s passage through Congress, was a "catchy political pitch and a chance to calm nerves about his dramatic and complicated plan" to overhaul the country’s health care system, PolitiFact argued. "But the promise was impossible to keep" (Miller, 12/13).

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