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Polls: Most Don’t Support Health Law Repeal; Doctors, Too, Are Uninformed

A majority of Americans don't want Congress to repeal the health law but believe its implementation is going poorly, according to a United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection poll. Meanwhile, a survey of physicians concludes they are unfamiliar with how the overhaul will work.

National Journal: Poll: Most Americans Don't Want Congress To Repeal Obamacare
Americans aren't ready to repeal Obamacare. But that doesn’t mean they think its implementation is going well. A majority of adults don't want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, according to the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, preferring instead to either spend more on its implementation or wait to see if changes are needed later. But based on recent news that the White House is delaying its employer health insurance mandate, the public appears convinced that the law’s implementation is going poorly (Roarty, 7/22).

NBC News: Even Doctors Are Clueless On Obamacare, Poll
The doctor is ... skeptical about the Affordable Care Act. And clueless, too. A new survey shows that an overwhelming percentage of physicians don't believe that their states' new health insurance exchanges will meet the Oct. 1 deadline for those key Obamacare marketplaces to begin enrolling the uninsured. Just 11 percent of doctors believe those exchanges will be open for business that day. But those doctors, by a wide margin, also said they are "not at all familiar" with how a number of important aspects of those exchanges and plans offered on them will work—aspects that will directly affect their bottom lines (Mangan, 7/22).

And Boston's WBUR offers a soap opera to make the measure more digestible -

WBUR: CommonHealth: A Radio Drama To Explain Obamacare (Audio)
A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that more than 40 percent of Americans do not know if the Affordable Care Act is indeed a law. In Massachusetts, we may have a different problem. Many residents assume that the state’s older health reform law has already done everything that the ACA, or Obamacare, is supposed to do. But in fact, come October 1st, when Obamacare really kicks in, it will affect Massachusetts in a variety of ways. So, our Commonhealth team has come up with a way to make the complex news a little more digestible: a soap opera (7/22).

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