WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — More than four-in-ten Americans have said they believe President Obama’s 2010 federal health care law has been repealed, overturned in court or are simply just unsure if it is still a law.

According to an August Kaiser Health Tracking poll, those Americans, who account for 44 percent of the nation, remain unsure if the Affordable Care Act – often referred to as “Obamacare” – is in effect, even as the Oct. 1 launch date of the health insurance exchange approaches.

House Republicans have voted 40 times to repeal all or part of the law since its passing in 2010, and GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is leading a charge to defund the health care bill by possibly shutting down the federal government.

The Pew Research Center reports that 5 percent of Americans believe the law was overturned by the Supreme Court – which upheld the law in June by a 5-4 decision — and 8 percent believe that it was repealed by Congress and is no longer law.

Fifty-seven percent of Americans said that they still believe it is the law of the land, and is being implemented, while nearly 31 percent say they simply don’t know the status of the law.

Although overall opinion of the law continues to “tilt negative,” with 42 percent having an unfavorable view of the federal health care plan, a majority – 57 percent – of Americans said they disapprove of shutting down the federal government in order to defund the Affordable Care Act.

The Kaiser poll was conducted from Aug. 15-18.

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