Americans remain divided over Obamacare, with about 36 percent saying they would like to see it repealed and 25 percent favoring modification of certain elements, according to a new Harris Interactive poll. A whopping 91 percent also are opposed to the individual mandate in the law that all Americans must carry health insurance or face a financial penalty for not having it.
But the poll of 2,415 adults taken online Jan. 17-19 found that some other important provisions of the law are gaining in acceptance, especially those that force insurance companies to treat patients more fairly.
For example, 71 percent of those surveyed said they back the provision that prevents insurance companies form denying coverage to people who are already sick. That figure is up from 64 percent in November 2010 when a similar online Harris poll was taken.
They also still like the component that allows children to remain on their parents’ insurance plan until they reach the age of 26, with 57 percent favoring it versus 55 percent in 2010.
Among other aspects of the law, they also like the insurance exchanges component that allows people to shop for health coverage, with 59 percent in favor of continuing them versus 51 percent in the last poll.
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