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Americans Remain Unaware of Impact of Affordable Care Act

Three years after passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and months before major provisions take effect, two-thirds of Americans say they have too little information to know how the law will affect them...
March 27, 2013

Kaiser ACA Tracking PollThree years after passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and months before major provisions take effect, two-thirds of Americans say they have too little information to know how the law will affect them. The latest Kaiser Health Tracking poll also found that overall a majority of Americans say they have too little information to know how the law will affect them, and that Americans' awareness of key elements of the law has declined somewhat since passage when media attention was at its height. The survey also found that the public is not tuned into decisions states are making today about whether to expand their Medicaid program under the law and how to establish the insurance exchange marketplaces.

The survey discovered that 47 percent of those polled mistakenly believe illegal immigrants can receive subsidies to purchase health coverage, 40 percent incorrectly believe a government panel will be created to make end-of-life decisions for Medicare beneficiaries, and close to 60 percent were mistaken that health spending rose faster than usual in recent years, when, in reality, it has declined.

Kaiser Tracking Poll (March 2013)

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