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Insured, Uninsured Are Uncertain Over Impact Of Health Law On Them, Poll Finds

Both insured and uninsured Americans worry about what the health law means for them, a new poll reveals. In the meantime, however, another poll says that despite concerns over the measure, the public is not keen on giving control of the law to Republicans over Democrats in next year's elections.

CBS News: Poll: Both Uninsured, Insured Skeptical About Obamacare
Skepticism about the health care law extends to both insured and uninsured Americans, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll. Both groups disapprove of the law overall, and while the uninsured are more positive about the law's personal impact than those with insurance, more still think the law will hurt rather than help them. CBS News and The New York Times interviewed 702 adults who do not have health insurance for this poll. Just 15 percent of insured Americans think the health care law will help them personally, but that number rises to 33 percent among the uninsured. Still, more uninsured Americans think the health care law will hurt them (37 percent) (Dutton,  De Pinto, Salvanto and Backus, 12/17).

CBS News: For Uninsured, Obamacare Looks Like A Mixed Bag
Toni Lewis of Puyallup, Wash., is thrilled that in spite of her pre-existing conditions, she'll be able to purchase insurance next year via Obamacare. Still, the impact the Affordable Care Act will have on her life seems mixed. "It gives people that have a low income a chance to get insurance, those who have pre-existing conditions can get insurance again -- I have pre-existing conditions myself -- it generally helps people all around," Lewis told CBS News. "Unfortunately, I'm still one that kind of falls through the cracks" (Condon, 12/18).

The Washington Post: The Silver Lining For Democrats On Obamacare
The myriad problems with the rollout of and the Obamacare exchanges have pushed President Obama's approval ratings to a new low and, to hear many tell it, might give Republicans a leg up in the 2014 election. But tucked into the new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Tuesday is a cautionary tale for the GOP. It is this: Despite the country's opposition to the Affordable Care Act and Obama's leadership on it, it doesn't want to turn the reins over to Republicans (Blake and Sullivan, 12/18). 

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