Obamacare Poll: Uninsured and Unenthusiastic

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The Affordable Care Act set out to insure millions of Americans by mandating coverage, but do the uninsured even agree with the system the law has spawned? A New York Times/CBS poll says probably not. The poll asked a sample of Americans, as well as a separate sampling of the uninsured.

Among the uninsured, when asked if the new healthcare law was going to create a better healthcare system in the United States, opinions divided fairly evenly, with “better,” “worse,” and “no change” each receiving one-third of respondents’ answers.

In 2010, Nancy-Ann DeParle, a former assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, wrote a White House blog post touting the benefits of the new legislation. “The Affordable Care Act marks a crucial turning point for our healthcare system and will help make affordable, high-quality care accessible to millions of Americans.” DeParle further said that, “Under the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans will be able to purchase better coverage in the new competitive private health insurance exchanges where individuals and small businesses will be able to choose coverage from a range of insurance options.”

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