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Public Is Gradually Warming To Obamacare As Sign-Ups Grow, Polls Show

McClatchy Tribune News Service National News Politics

Public Is Gradually Warming To Obamacare As Sign-Ups Grow, Polls Show

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All that plays into how people think about the fall’s midterm election. A recent CBS poll found that 70 percent of Republican voters were enthusiastic about voting in November; 58 percent of Democrats were. Pollsters from both parties agree that Obamacare provides one significant reason for that gap.

The polling also provides some glimpses into the law’s future. As most surveys have done, Kaiser’s most recent poll showed that the public likes individual parts of the law more than the whole.

Major provisions of the law are quite popular, including subsidies to help people buy insurance, expansion of Medicaid, the guarantee that people can’t be denied coverage because of pre-existing medical problems and the rule eliminating out-of-pocket costs for preventive care, Kaiser found. But 40 percent to 50 percent of Americans do not know that the law includes each of those provisions.

About a third of the uninsured were not aware that the law includes subsidies that could help them buy insurance.

The one provision of the law that is best known is its least popular — the requirement that all Americans get insurance. Nearly 80 percent of Americans know the law includes that mandate; only about a third approve of it.

But lack of knowledge about the rest of the law could change over time. Republicans are not likely to be able to repeal it — at least not while President Barack Obama remains in office — so millions of Americans likely will experience its coverage either directly or by hearing from friends or neighbors over the next few years.

As they do, a key question will be whether that personal experience causes the warming trend of the last couple of months to continue.

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