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42 Percent Of Americans Unsure If Health Law Stands

One poll about the health law highlights a continued lack of understanding about the measure and a second shows voters are still split in their support.

The Washington Post's Wonk Blog: Poll: 42 Percent Of Americans Unsure If Obamacare Is Still Law
If you want to know what a challenge the Obama administration faces in implementing its signature health-care law, this statistic might help: Fewer than six in 10 Americans know that the Obamacare law is still on the books. Seven percent think the Supreme Court struck it down; 12 percent say Congress repealed Obamacare (Kliff, 4/30).

NBC News: Poll: Many Americans Uninformed About Health Care Overhaul, Some Don't Know It's Law
As the Obama administration girds for "glitches and bumps" along the path to full implementation of the health-care law, a new poll indicates many Americans are still unclear about the details of the new law and, in some cases, unaware it's actually the law of the land. A whopping 42 percent of Americans do not know that the Affordable Care Act is, in fact, law. Included in that 42 percent -- 12 percent believe it has been repealed by Congress, 7 percent think the U.S. Supreme Court overturned it, and 23 percent are unsure of its status, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation health tracking poll (Montanaro, 4/30).

Fox News: Fox News Poll: 54 Percent Say Repeal Health Care Law, 85 Percent Favor Medical Marijuana
By a 54-41 percent margin, American voters would get rid of the sweeping 2010 health care law if given the option, according to a new Fox News poll. The poll, released Wednesday, also shows most voters -- 71 percent -- think the more than 15,000 pages of regulations that implement the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, are "way over the top." Some 19 percent say that number of pages "seems about right." The concern about the small mountain of health care rules is bipartisan. Even 56 percent of Democrats call the 15,000 pages of regulations "way over the top," as do 71 percent of independents and 87 percent of Republicans (Blanton, 5/1).

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