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More than half say Obamacare will increase their health care spending: poll

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A new poll shows that more than half of Americans expect that President Obama’s health care overhaul will increase the amount they spend on health care.

Fifty-two percent say they think the law will increase the amount they spend on health care, compared to 12 percent who say it will decrease the amount they spend and 20 percent who say it will have no effect. Sixteen percent aren’t sure, the poll from The Economist/YouGov said.

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Twenty-four percent say the law should be expanded, 17 percent say it should be kept as is, and 40 percent say it should be repealed. A plurality of adults — 45 percent to 39 percent — say that it is not the responsibility of the federal government to see to it that everyone has health care coverage.

The rate of growth of health care spending has slowed in recent years, but many experts say it’s early to discern the effect the health care overhaul has had on the trend compared with, for example, the recent recession.

The poll also showed that fewer than 50 percent of Americans can properly describe how the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on health care.

Forty-seven percent think the court ruled it is constitutional for the federal government to require all Americans to purchase health insurance, compared to twenty-six percent who think the court ruled that it is not constitutional and 27 percent who aren’t sure.

Technically, not all Americans will be required to purchase it: People with certain religious beliefs and people below a certain income level, for example, will be exempt.

The poll, conducted from May 18-20, surveyed 1,000 adults and has a margin of error of 5 percentage points.

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