A new poll shows a large number of people are confused about the status of President Obama’s health care law, with four in 10 Americans unaware that the health overhaul “is still the law of the land.”
The Kaiser Family Foundation’s tracking poll for April also found that 12 percent of Americans thought Congress repealed the Affordable Care Act, 7 percent thought the Supreme Court struck it down and 23 percent said they don’t have enough information to describe the law’s status.
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Additionally, about half of respondents said they do not know how “Obamacare” will affect their family. The confusion is concentrated “among two groups the law is likely to benefit most,” the foundation said, with 58 percent of the uninsured and 56 percent of low-income households saying they do not have enough information about the reforms.
Respondents most frequently cited friends and family as their source for information about the law (40 percent), while others said they rely on newspapers, radio or online news sources (36 percent) or cable news (30 percent).
Roughly one in 10 people obtained information from a doctor, employer or nonprofit organization, and while others learned about the overhaul from Department of Health and Human Services (9 percent) or a state health office (8 percent).
The Supreme Court upheld Mr. Obama’s signature domestic achievement in June. However, it decided the law’s individual mandate requiring people to obtain insurance is only permissible as a tax. The justices also said states may decline to expand their Medicaid enrollment without forfeiting existing federal funds under the program.