Majority of Americans Still Have No Idea What Obamacare Does

The Kaiser Family Foundation released the findings of a survey of the uninsured and insured Americans and what they know about the Affordable Care Act.

The March poll finds that two-thirds of the uninsured and a majority of Americans overall say they have too little information to know how the Affordable Care Act will affect them, and that Americans’ awareness of key elements of the law has declined somewhat since passage when media attention was at its height.

The survey also finds that the public is not tuned into decisions states are making today about whether to expand their Medicaid program under the law and how to establish the insurance exchange marketplaces.

In general, the country remains roughly evenly divided on the ACA, with 40 percent holding an unfavorable view of the law and 37 percent holding a favorable one. Views of the law by party continue to be as polarized as ever.

Looking ahead, the public’s expectations about the law’s likely impact on their own families tend to be more negative than positive, with 29 percent saying the ACA will make them worse off, 21 percent saying it will make them better off, and four in ten saying it won’t make much difference.

The poll shows that the most popular provisions of the ACA, including tax credits to small businesses and the closure of the Medicare drug coverage gap known as the “doughnut hole,” remain among its least widely recognized, while the law’s least popular provision — the individual mandate requiring most people to obtain health coverage — is its most widely recognized.

The March poll is the latest in a series designed and analyzed by the Foundation’s public opinion research team.


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