Over at the Washington Post, Sean Sullivan has a chart based on a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation showing that a plurality of Americans have an unfavorable view of the president’s health-care law. According to the the data, 40 percent of Americans have negative view of the health-care law, 35 percent have a positive view, and the rest of them are undecided.
Now, these numbers are interesting in light of the fact that 40 percent of Americans also don’t know that the health-care law is still on the books. Read this part of the poll:
Meanwhile, the April tracking survey provides continuing confirmation of the amount of confusion still surrounding the status of the Affordable Care Act, with four in ten Americans unaware that the ACA is still the law of the land and is being implemented.2 This share is higher among certain populations the law was specifically designed to help; for example, six in ten of those in households making less than $30,000 a year are unable to say the law is still in force, as are half of younger Americans.
Not surprisingly, then, about half the public (49 percent) says they do not have enough information about the health reform law to understand how it will impact their own family, a proportion which rises to 56 percent among those non-elderly living in low-income households, and 58 percent among the uninsured. Also notable: Hispanics are more likely than whites or blacks to report they do not yet have enough information about the law to understand how the ACA will affect their families (65 percent of Hispanics say so, compared to 48 percent of blacks and 45 percent of whites).