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Poll: Health Law Support Declining Among The Uninsured

The Kaiser Family Foundation's monthly tracking poll found that 47 percent of the uninsured said they have unfavorable views of the law -- an increase since December. Most were also unaware of many of the law's benefits.

The Washington Post: Health-Care Law Loses Support Among Uninsured, Poll Shows
Support for the health-care law declined among the uninsured this month, just as many of the program’s key provisions went into effect, according to a new poll examining Americans’ knowledge and views of the Affordable Care Act. Large numbers of the uninsured are also unaware of some of the law’s benefits, such as subsidies to help low- and middle-income people pay monthly health insurance premiums, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation survey. Fifty-three percent of uninsured Americans are unaware of the law’s bar on insurance companies rejecting people with preexisting conditions (Somashekhar, 1/30).

Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Health Law A Tough Sell To Uninsured
This month’s tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 47 percent of the uninsured said they hold unfavorable views of the law while 24 percent said they liked it. These negative views have increased since December, when 43 percent of the uninsured panned the law and 36 percent liked it. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the Foundation) (Rau, 1/30).

A Gallup poll found that more than half of the uninsured plan to get coverage through a government exchange -

The Hill: More Uninsured Plan To Get Health Insurance Through Exchanges
More than half of people who lack health insurance in the United States say they plan to get it through a government exchange, a Gallup poll released Thursday found.  According to the poll, 56 percent of the uninsured plan to get health insurance through ObamaCare (Shabad, 1/30).

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