Most Americans oppose PPACA

By BenefitsPro

By Kathryn Mayer

Most Americans still oppose the nation’s health reform law just as its main provisions are only months away from implementation.

A new CNN/ORC International poll found that 54 percent of Americans oppose the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, while 43 percent support it.

That figure remains mostly unchanged since polling began in 2010, when President Obama signed PPACA into law. Still, the number isn’t great news for Democrats who’ve been struggling to market the law as the main components of it are set to begin within months. Enrollment in the law’s health care exchanges is set to begin Oct. 1, with coverage beginning in January.

But the poll indicates that a chunk of the law's critics don't support PPACA because they don't think it goes far enough.

The survey found that 35 percent oppose the health care law because it’s “too liberal,” with 16 percent saying they oppose the measure because it isn’t liberal enough.

Many critics have slammed the law for doing little to rein in out-of-control health care costs, though curbing costs was a main initiative of PPACA.

The poll also highlights a still-strong partisan divide: Nearly three-quarters of Democrats say they favor the law, while and 16 percent of Republicans favor it.

The survey was conducted by ORC International, with 923 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The poll has an overall sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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