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Pew Research: As Health Care Law Proceeds, Opposition and Uncertainty Persist
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 7:00 AM

With health insurance exchanges set to open on Oct. 1, the latest national survey by the Pew Research Center and USA TODAY, conducted Sept. 4-8 among 1,506 adults, finds that 53 percent of Americans disapprove of the law while 42 percent approve.

Overall approval of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ticked up last July in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold most of the law (47 percent approved, 43 percent disapproved), but opinions are now reportedly as negative as they have been any point since the bill’s passage.

Only one in four say they understand the law's impact on them and their families well while one-third say they have little or no understanding about how the law will work. Despite increasing education efforts by the administration, advocacy groups and some states, the percentage of Americans who don't understand the law has declined only modestly, to 34 percent from 44 percent, since it was passed.

Among the 19 percent polled who are uninsured, nearly four in 10 don't realize the law requires them to get health insurance next year. Among young people, whose participation is seen as crucial for the exchanges to work, just 56 percent realize there's a mandate to be insured or face a fine.

Click here to read more of Pew’s September poll. Other helpful links:

Affordable Care Act Key Features

Insurance Marketplace (open enrollment begins October 2013)

New Guidance on Information Reporting Requirements Under the Affordable Care Act

Cornerstone Credit Union League’s Leadership Conference Presentation on the Health Care Reform Act