Poll Shows Americans Remain Baffled By Health Law

4-in-10 Americans have no idea the law is in place

The majority of the rest don't understand the law

Two big numbers to think about today: There are 33 days until open-enrollment season for insurance coverage under the new health law begins, and 51% of Americans say they don’t understand how it will affect them or their family, according to the latest tracking poll from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

That proportion is higher among the uninsured, the mid-August poll found. Some 62% of the uninsured say they don’t have enough information about the health law, which aims to extend coverage to millions of them through new insurance marketplaces and subsidies towards the cost of premiums.

These numbers have been relatively steady over time. That represents a big challenge to the Obama administration on the eve of the Oct. 1 launch of the president’s signature domestic initiative, especially since more than four in 10 Americans are still uncertain whether the law passed in 2010 is actually in place.

Supporters of the law are beginning to put in place an outreach campaign to spread the word about the law, and the poll picked up on some early signs of that. Around one in 10 respondents — including 12% of the uninsured — said they had been personally contacted by someone about the law, through a phone call, email, text message or door-to-door visit
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