A new poll found that most people don't understand how Obamacare works. Under the health care law, a consumer choses one of several private health insurance plans, and the government might subsidize the premium. According to a new Kaiser Family Foundation health care tracking poll, 63 percent of Americans aren't sure if Obamacare plans are private or government sponsored. The poll also found that 53 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of Obamacare, meaning the law is less liked now than at any other point in its history.
For its July poll, Kaiser asked 1,507 adults if people who enrolled in insurance plans under the health care law had a choice between private plans or did they enroll in a single government health plan. Only 37 percent said people had a choice of private plans — 26 percent said people enrolled in a single government plan, and 38 percent weren't sure or refused to answer.
Four years after the law passed, and after weeks of speculation over whether (private) insurers would raise premiums, it's surprising to see this kind of confusion still going strong. What's worse is that the people most likely to be confused about the basics of the health care law are the people who dislike it or would benefit the most from it. While 37 percent of those polled knew about the option to choose between private plans, Republicans (34 percent) were less likely to know about the option than Democrats (43 percent). People who dislike the law (32 percent) and the uninsured (29 percent) were also under represented when it came to answering correctly.
But despite widespread confusion, people are sure about whether they like the law: most don't. The number of people who view the law unfavorably spiked from 45 percent in June to 53 percent in July. Of that 53 percent most (61 percent) want to repeal and replace the law, but overall 60 percent of Americans want to fix the law. That's fortunate, since it doesn't look like we're going to see an Obamacare replacement anytime soon.
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