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Poll: Only 44 Percent Of Californians Support Health Law

Californians are split on support for the health law. In the meantime, other polls show 66 percent of the uninsured are planning on getting coverage and that the young are more likely to get insured, despite the popular notion that they would shun coverage.

The Associated Press: Poll: Californians Split On Federal Health Reforms
Californians twice voted overwhelmingly for President Barack Obama, but they are split on his most important domestic policy achievement -- health care reform. A Public Policy Institute of California survey released Wednesday finds that just 44 percent of Californians favor Obama's Affordable Care Act, while the same percentage has an unfavorable opinion (10/4).

The San Francisco Chronicle: Poll: 66% Of Uninsured Plan To Get Health Coverage 
Most Californians have at least heard about the state's new health insurance marketplace, and the majority of the uninsured who participated in a survey released Wednesday said they plan to get covered next year as required by the federal health law. About 68 percent of the 1,701 Californians surveyed Nov. 12-19 -- more than a month after the national launch on Oct. 1 -- said they were aware a health care exchange is available to people in the state to buy medical insurance. But the survey, conducted by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, doesn't make clear whether Californians understand the difference between the state-run marketplace, called Covered California, and the glitch-plagued federal website (Colliver, 12/4).

The San Jose Mercury News: California Poll Shows Young And Healthy More Likely To Seek Medical Insurance 
They've been dubbed the "young invincibles," people in their 20s and 30s who must sign up for medical insurance in droves to ensure the success of the new health care law. But a new California poll indicates that perhaps they should be called the "young convincibles." The startling finding by the Public Policy Institute of California says that young and healthy people are overwhelmingly more likely to seek health insurance than older and sicker people (Seipel, 12/4).

Meanwhile, some other news from Colorado --

Health Policy Solutions (a Colo. news service): Canceled Plans Won't Get Resurrected In Colorado
Colorado is joining about a dozen other states that are not requiring health insurance companies to revive canceled health plans. Those states include California, Washington, Vermont and New York, according to the lobbying group, America's Health Insurance Plans. Colorado Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar on Tuesday said that more than 95 percent of the 250,000 people in Colorado who received cancellation notices have had the option to renew their old plans and continue them into 2014 if they chose to do so (Kerwin McCrimmon, 12/4).

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