Poll: 62 Percent Don't Understand Obamacare

Friday, 20 Sep 2013 11:26 AM

By Courtney Coren

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More than 60 percent of Americans say they need more information to understand Obamacare, and more than half oppose the healthcare law altogether, a new poll finds.

The healthcare exchanges are due to open up in less than two weeks, and 7 million uninsured Americans will be required to have coverage by the end of March, yet a Washington Post/ABC News poll published Thursday finds that 62 percent do not know about the changes.

In the survey of 1,004 adults taken Sept. 12-15, 52 percent say they oppose the new healthcare law, and 55 percent say they disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling its implementation. More than half who oppose Obamacare say they support shutting down portions of the federal government to stop it.

Editor's Note: Should ObamaCare Be Defunded? Vote in Urgent National Poll

The House voted Friday to defund Obamacare yet keep other government agencies operation to avoid a government shut down when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1 — the same day the healthcare exchanges are scheduled to open to the public.

The Washington Post/ABC News poll matches the uncertainty that other polls have shown that Americans have about the Affordable Care Act.

A Fox News poll published Tuesday said 68 percent of voters said they were concerned about their healthcare as the changes loom.

About a third of Americans said in a Pew Research/USA Today poll published Monday that they did not understand very well how the new healthcare law will affect their families, and a majority disapproved of the law.

The White House says confusion is understandable since specific information will not be available until open-enrollment begins Oct. 1, The Post reported.

Editor's Note: Should ObamaCare Be Defunded? Vote in Urgent National Poll

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