Poll: Most Americans Are Confused About How Healthcare Reform Will Affect Them

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Poll: Most Americans are confused about how healthcare reform will affect themWhile the nation seems to be divided in its support for the recently passed healthcare reform bill, the majority of Americans say they do not understand the specifics of the law and don’t have enough information to recognize how they will personally be affected by the new programs, insurance regulations and tax credits, a new survey has found.

According to the recently released Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, a total of 31 percent of Americans expect the bill to improve their current situation, while 33 percent believe they will be worse off under the new law. Meanwhile, nearly 56 percent of those surveyed said they are confused about its specifics, including a high percentage of those who support it.

"People are struggling to understand how the law will affect them and their families and to separate fact from political spin," said Kaiser president and CEO Drew Altman.

While most registered Republicans and Democrats who were surveyed favored their party’s view of the legislation, the majority of independents disapproved of the law. Overall, the most stringently opposed aspect of the bill is the federal mandate that Americans are required to purchase health insurance.
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