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Health Law Confusion, Division Among American Public Persists

USA Today examines how the health law is viewed in Colorado as a case study of the confusion that surrounds it. As further evidence of that confusion, one new poll finds that people without insurance are divided on how much the overhaul will impact them just as another concludes that half of Americans say Republicans should stop their effort to derail the measure as part of the current budget battle.

USA Today: Colorado: Microcosm Of Confusion On Health Law
In Colorado and across the country, the insurance marketplaces known as exchanges are scheduled to open Tuesday, and the success or failure of Obama's signature legislative achievement is at stake. Passing the health care overhaul defined much of his first term in the White House, and defending it from Republican assault has defined much of his second -- including in the current budget showdown (Page, 9/27).

The New York Times: Uninsured Americans Divided On Impact Of Health Care Law
Less than a week before the health insurance marketplaces established by the 2010 health care law begin accepting customers, a New York Times/CBS News poll has found that there is some support among uninsured Americans for President Obama and his law, but also a wariness and a lack of understanding about what the law will mean for them (Kopicki, 9/26).

Bloomberg: Americans Reject Effort To End Obamacare Amid Ad Barrage
Half of Americans say Republicans should stop demanding that President Barack Obama’s health care plan be defunded as part of legislation to keep the government running even as they voice concern about the law's impact. Three in five people say they think the law will raise medical-care costs, and more say they will be worse off than better off under it, according to a Bloomberg National Poll.

California Healthline: Survey: Reform Support Holding Steady
According to a survey released today, Californians approve of the Affordable Care Act's health care reform by a small margin, with 53 percent of those polled supporting the effort. The numbers haven't changed much since the last survey -- which is a little surprising, said PPIC president and CEO Marc Baldassare. "These numbers are pretty consistent with previous surveys. Really, there is no change over time in the approval numbers," Baldassare said. And that's a bit of a surprise, given the publicity around next week's launch of open enrollment season for the Covered California health benefit exchange (Gorn, 9/26).

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