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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A growing number of Americans want President Obama’s signature health care legislation repealed.
A news CBS News poll finds that 39 percent of Americans want Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, while 36 percent want to expand or keep the law. The poll also found that 54 percent of Americans disapprove of “Obamacare,” while only 36 percent of Americans approve of it.
CBS News Political Director John Dickerson says that the implementation of Obama’s health care law has been a headache for the administration.
“There’s an operational part to this, which is that the White House has got to get people to sign up for these health exchanges, particularly younger, healthier Americans, and so they are tactically running a campaign much like the presidential campaign, reaching out, using the techniques of that campaign to get younger people to sign up for these health exchanges,” Dickerson said on “CBS This Morning.”
The federal government’s marketing strategy to get Americans to sign up for health care includes everything from door-to-door walks, working with churches, partnering with local mayors and a massive social media presence, including phone apps, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr campaigns.
In Broward County, Fla., state Rep. Richard Stark is working with several other lawmakers on a campaign to help educate and enroll residents. Stark, who is also an insurance agent, is already getting calls from confused constituents and insurance clients.
“All these people started saying, ‘I thought I didn’t have to do anything, that I would just start getting Obamacare,” said the Weston Democrat.
Seventy-eight percent of uninsured adults don’t know about opportunities that will be available to them in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act, according to Enroll America, a nonprofit group sponsoring a national campaign that includes home visits and passing out brochures at farmers markets and churches.
But breaking down the law is complicated. Here are just a few reasons why:
Individuals will be required to either have health insurance from their employer or purchase it and will pay a roughly $100 penalty next year if they don’t. Anyone making less than $48,000 a year we will receive a voucher from the federal government to help pay the premium. The less a person makes, the more the government will pay. Anyone making below the poverty line, $11,490 for an individual or $23,550 for a family of four, won’t be eligible to buy insurance through the online marketplace because they already receive Medicaid.
Adding to the confusion, the federal government still hasn’t released which insurers are offering plans and how much premiums, co-pays and deductibles will cost under those plans. The rates will likely come out in September.
Confusion over the health care law showed in the CBS News poll as 38 percent of Americans said the law would personally “hurt me,” while only 13 percent said the law would “help me.”
“The feeling, basically, is, again, speeches are not going to change public opinion; this has got to start taking hold,” Dickerson said. “People will start signing up and, the White House hopes, good things will start to happen once it kicks in, and that might turn around public opinion, but that’s a ways away.”
Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace launches Oct. 1. The Affordable Care Act goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014.
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