Over 40 Percent Of Americans Don’t Know If Obamacare Is Still Law

Written by Tara Culp-Ressler

Despite the fact that Obamacare has been in place for over three years at this point, a lot of Americans still remain confused about the specific nature of the health reform law. Last month, a Kaiser Health poll revealed that many Americans still canít correctly identify Obamacareís provisions. Now, Kaiserís most recent polling finds that 42 percent of Americans arenít sure about whether Obamacare is law at all. Seven percent of survey respondents believed the Supreme Court overturned it, and 12 percent thought Congress had repealed it:

Of course, now that Obamacare has survived a Supreme Court challenge, dozens of repeal efforts, and a presidential election, even Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has admitted that itís the ďlaw of the land.Ē Nonetheless, as administration officials prepare for the full implementation of the law and ready the state-level insurance markets to open in 2014, they still have a long way to go when it comes to fully educating the American public about it.

Kaiser found that Americansí education gaps fall along class lines, as wealthier Americans are more likely to have heard something about health care reform from newspapers, radio, or online sources. Just 30 percent of those with lower incomes reported that they had received information about Obamacare from those sources. Thatís especially problematic because many low-income Americans stand to significantly benefit from the health law, as they will become eligible for federal assistance to help them afford insurance coverage on the state marketplaces. Still, 58 percent of uninsured Americans and 56 percent of low-income Americans told Kaiser that they donít know how Obamacare will impact their lives.

The good news, as Wonkblogís Sarah Kliff points out, is that thereís still some time to change the tide. Obamacareís new health care options still wonít be available for another seven months, and some health care advocates point out that it might be confusing to tout a product that isnít accessible yet. This summer, the nonprofit Enroll America ó which hopes to increase public awareness about the impending health reform benefits ó will ramp up its campaign to try to reach those four in ten Americans who still remain confused.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.



Kay Martin
Kay M4 years ago

Thank you Tara for the article and thanks to all of the members that commented on the postings.

ER C5 years ago

TO: paul s. _____ I agree with you.

I thought OBAMACARE or AFFORDABLE HEALTH whatever ..... was supposed to BE AFFORDABLE.

Information on it is sooooo vague, to the point where some folks feel doomed or in a panic.

Sounds like we have been left in the lurch.

Yes personal health insurance is NOT AFFORDABLE _____ & hasn't been for a LONG time.

I keep asking where do I get affordable health insurance & folks say I don't know OR I'm just as confused as you are.

Even the article above adds no information _____ sooo maybe the author is as confused as many of us are ?? ??

paul s.
paul smith5 years ago

I am self employed, I buy my own insurance. Obamacare was supposed to help people like me. (making health insurance more affordable is what the "Affordable Health Care Act" is supposed to do!) I make about $45K a year, so I dont qualify for any subsidies or help I am aware of...

I signed up with Humana Insurance a year ago, $5000 deductible, no frills, Max 4 doctor visits per year max, etc, for $550 month, then 6 months later, is goes to $606 per month, now 6 months later (Today) and the bill is $728 per month!

That is a 32% INCREASE in my insurance cost in 1 year, and Obamacare has not even fully kicked in yet! When do I start to get better insurance for less cost?

From what I understand, the "exchanges" are simply private insurance companies that sell qualifying plans, which allows them to be on the "Exchange" list as a approved provider. It wont be any cheaper for the "average guy" like me, (how can it be?)

I need someone to point me in the right direction, before I have to cancel my health insurance. Was not the main purpose of AHC to make insurance available to people who do not get insurance from there employers or Medicare? (like me)

Robert H.
Robert Hamm5 years ago

Obamacare will not get fixed until he is out of office because the right enjoys using it to beat the crap out of him with. There are many ways to fix the various problems we have. The right won't fix anything until He is gone. And if Hilary is elected we may still get nothing fixed. They will refuse to work with a Democrat in the White house. But they really HATE Obama with a passion.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

Thank you ThinkProgress, for Sharing this!

Ana Marija Rumbak
ANA MARIJA R5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Anna Undebeck
Anna Undebeck5 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Suzie Hughes
Susan Hughes5 years ago

Without going into the devestating details of my health care... I just want to say that at this point in time "Obama" care has been a disaster for me. I voted for him ... I'm one of those tree-hugging liberals, so my opinion comes from my personal experience with this new health care system and not any right-wing objections.
For the last 30 years I had excellent health care. I had a wonderful family doctor that was qualified in many services and took top-notch care of me. When California signed on to the affordable care system, I was switched over to a managed care system and had to change to a doctor that they dictated. The "new" doctor offers only basic medical care and everything else has to be "authorized" by the new group that I have been assigned to.
So now, i have to wait for these authorizations by this faceless body of people and have actually been denied essential tests. I have had to fight hard for important life-threatening tests, phoning, writing letters.. getting the doctor to call and explain to them.
I have been told over and over by the medical facilities i'm sent to, that since the switch to managed care, the office personel is frustrated in every turn to get adequate care for their patients, and that doctors are actually dropping out of the groups that force their patients to adhere to. This is why I lost my family doctor of over 30 years. He didn't want to deal with all the red tape and hassles.
Ok so I understand that many people will be

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 5 years ago

Not American and i have great healthcare in my country!

ER C5 years ago

O.K. I admit it, I am confused. So where can I get an affordable health policy? I've cut all expenses to the bone & still cannot afford to set my thermostat to above 50 degrees in the winter. My list is long, but I am sure you have heard it all. I just cannot afford another expense. When researching policies, their premiums are so high it makes me feel hopeless. It's don't eat or don't buy medicines. It's a lose lose for me. However, if I can find a low cost policy, I will have to have one of my utilities cut off in order to pay the insurance premium.