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Health Care Overhaul Still Unpopular, But Less Concern Now

Nearly two years after President Barack Obama signed his health care overhaul, a new poll finds that the plan isn’t becoming better liked — or better understood.

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The Associated Press-GfK poll finds that 35 percent of those surveyed support the overhaul, and 47 percent oppose it — about the same as when it passed. Only about one in three say they understand the law well.

Opposition remains strongest among seniors, many of whom say they object that Medicare cuts were used to help finance coverage for younger uninsured people.

On the key issue that is coming before the Supreme Court, nearly 6 in 10 say they oppose the law’s requirement that Americans carry health insurance or pay a fine to the government.

But even though approval of the law isn’t increasing, fewer Americans are worried that the overhaul will weaken their own health care. Shortly after the law passed, 47 percent said they expected the quality of their care to worsen. Now, just 32 percent say that’s their worry.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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