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Most Americans say the health care law hasn't affected them so far: Gallup poll

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The vast majority of Americans say President Obama’s health care law has not affected them or their family, yet more people say Obamacare has hurt them than helped them, according to Gallup.

Gallup says the number of people who say they are unaffected by the Affordable Care Act — 69 percent — is relatively unchanged from a similar survey in February 2012, when 70 percent said the law had no bearing on them.


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However, the number of people who report they’ve been hurt by Obamacare increased, 16 to 19 percent, and the number of those who say they’ve been helped decreased, 12 to 9 percent.

The changes could be due to Obamacare’s timeline.

Popular provisions, such as allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ plans until age 26, took effect in 2010, while the mandate that requires Americans to have health insurance and cancellations notices for plans that do not comply with the law are starting to affect people now.

“Although most Americans report that they have been unaffected by the healthcare law to date, a much higher percentage expect that it will affect them in the long run,” Gallup says. “A plurality of 41 percent believe the law will make their healthcare situation worse in the future. Roughly half that percentage, 20 percent, say the law will improve their healthcare situation.”

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