WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A majority of Americans continue to disapprove of the health care law as the signup deadline nears.
According to a new CBS News poll, 53 percent of Americans oppose Obamacare, while only 41 percent approve. CBS News polling has shown that President Barack Obama’s signature health care law has never reached 50 percent since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in March 2010.
As the administration targeted young “invincibles” to sign up through health care exchanges, a majority of those 18-29 do not back the law. The CBS News poll finds that 50 percent disapprove of the law, compared to only 42 percent approving. In other age brackets, 54 percent of 30 to 44 year olds, 45 to 64 year olds and those above 65 disapprove.
Only 38 percent of those from 45 to 64 and above 65 approve, while 42 percent of 30 to 44 year olds approve.
March 31 is the official deadline to enroll for Obamacare, but last week the White House granted additional time for those who had trouble signing up .
HealthCare.gov was down for several hours Monday for maintenance as the midnight deadline loomed.
The White House says more than 6 million have signed up for health coverage, meaning the administration met its scaled back goal a few days early.
Those without health insurance face a fine of $95 or 1 percent of their income.
The Affordable Care Act marked its fourth anniversary last week.
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