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Poll: U.S. Sentiments On Obamacare Have Changed Little, Despite Site Glitches

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A view of HealthCare.gov, the insurance exchange website. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

A view of HealthCare.gov, the insurance exchange website. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – A recent Gallup Poll indicates that the feelings of people throughout the United States on the Affordable Care Act have not changed much, despite the technical issues that have plagued the online marketplace associated with the law since its Oct. 1 launch.

However, that does not signify positivity among Americans in regards to how the feel about the ACA, known also as Obamacare.

“Americans remain more likely to say the law will make the U.S. healthcare situation and their family’s healthcare situation worse rather than better,” researchers said in a release on the poll’s findings. “Roughly one in three Americans still believe that the law will not make much difference for their family.”

The program’s website, HealthCare.gov, is still plagued by technical problems that make it difficult — if not near impossible — for people to sign up for health insurance.

As the public face of President Barack Obama’s signature health care program, secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has become the target for attacks over its botched rollout. While testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, she took responsibility for the issues before offering an apology.

She added, “I’m accountable to you for fixing these problems.”

Last week, during a visit to a community health center in Austin, Texas, Sebelius further explained that a gross underestimation of the demand placed on HealthCare.gov was part of the issue. She also said the high volume not only contributed to its failure, but also exposed other problems.

“In an ideal world there would have been a lot more testing, but we did not have the luxury of that. And the law said the go-time was Oct. 1,” she said. “And frankly, a political atmosphere where the majority party, at least in the House, was determined to stop this anyway they possibly could … was not an ideal atmosphere.”

The site was even down during Obama’s remarks yesterday in Boston, because of technical difficulties. Republicans say the current computer dysfunction is more reason to repeal the law, and they’re pressing Obama administration officials for an explanation.

Gallup’s most recent study on the matter indicates that approximately 34 percent of Americans agree with those who think the ACA will worsen the health care situation in the United States. Only 25 percent said it would “make things better.”

The poll was conducted between Oct. 26 and Oct. 28. A reported 1,530 randomly selected American adults took part in the study.

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