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Polls Offer Insights About How The Health Law Is Playing Out

One poll, conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, found that the public is increasingly aware of the health law and its online insurance marketplaces, but what they are hearing is not necessarily from sources they trust the most. Another survey by Deft Research found that older people are more likely to duck the individual mandate due to cost concerns.

Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Americans Hear More About Health Law, But Not From Most-Trusted Sources
The public's awareness of new marketplaces is growing, but potential customers are getting much of their information about the health law from sources they don't trust very much, according to a poll released Wednesday. … Supporters of the law and insurance companies have begun mobilizing to educate people about new insurance offerings. … The most common source of that information was the news media (Rau, 8/28).

The Hill: Older People More Likely Duck ObamaCare Mandate, Survey Finds
Older people are more likely than their younger peers to flout ObamaCare's mandate to buy health insurance due to cost concerns, according to new research. A new survey of the uninsured by Deft Research, an industry research group, found that younger people will be more likely to enter the new insurance marketplaces because their care will be cheaper overall (Viebeck, 8/27).

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