WASHINGTON (CBS DC/AP) — Few Americans believe President Barack Obama’s signature health care law will actually help them.
A CBS News/New York Times poll finds that only 15 percent of those who are insured will help them personally, as 32 percent believe the law will end up hurting them. Among the uninsured, the number rises to 33 percent but 37 percent of those uninsured believes Obamacare will hurt them.
Forty-six percent believe Obamacare will have no effect on them personally.
The poll also finds that Americans’ views on Obamacare are mixed. A third of uninsured Americans believe the Affordable Care Act will make the health care system worse, while the same number thinks the law will help the system. Among insured Americans, 37 percent believe Obamacare will improve the health care system, while 39 percent of those disagree.
In an effort to turn HealthCare.gov around, the Obama administration tapped a former Microsoft executive to take over as the top tech honcho for the glitch-plagued website.
Kurt DelBene will replace White House adviser Jeffrey Zients.
Zients, a management consultant, was sent in by Obama to overhaul the website after its disastrous launch in October. While no one is saying “Mission Accomplished,” Zients says he has met his goal and the site is working smoothly for the majority of users.
DelBene’s appointment was announced Tuesday by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. He is married to Rep. Suzan DelBene, a Washington state Democrat, who also has a technology background.
The website is the insurance portal for Obama’s health care law.
Dec. 23 is the deadline to enroll for coverage effective Jan. 1.
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