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To be sure, Americans remain sharply divided over the legislation, with slightly more than one-third (36 percent) of U.S. adults saying they want the law repealed and 21 percent saying they want it to remain as is. Twenty-five percent would like to see only certain elements of the law modified.
However, support for certain components of the law seems to be slowly increasing with time. For instance, 71 percent of those polled now back the law's provision that prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to those already sick. At the end of 2010, a
The poll released today shows some other provisions of the health reform law gaining acceptance. They include:
- Allowing children to stay on their parents' insurance plans until they turn 26 -- 57 percent in
Jan. 2012versus 55 percent in Nov. 2010.
- Creating insurance exchanges where people can shop for insurance -- 59 percent versus 51 percent.
- Providing tax credits to small businesses to help pay for their employees' insurance -- 70 percent versus 60 percent.
- Requiring all employers with 50 or more employees to offer insurance to their employees or pay a penalty -- 53 percent versus 48 percent.
- Requiring research to measure the effectiveness of different treatments -- 53 percent versus 44 percent.
- Creating a new
Independent Payment Advisory Boardto limit the growth of Medicarespending -- 38 percent versus 32 percent.
But the most controversial aspect of the law -- the so-called individual mandate that requires all adults to have health insurance or face a fine -- remains widely unpopular, with only 19 percent of those polled supporting it, regardless of political party affiliation.
"The public is still divided, mainly on partisan lines, as to whether to implement or repeal all, parts, or none of the health care reform bill," said Harris Poll Chairman
The poll included 2,415 U.S. adults over age 18 surveyed online between
The complete findings of the newest joint
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