Health Insurance Exchanges Just Two Weeks Away, But More Than Half Of US Residents Don’t Approve Of Affordable Care Act [Infographic]

on September 16 2013 2:48 PM

Health insurance exchanges, an integral part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as it’s more popularly known, go into effect in just two weeks. But most U.S. residents are still very leery of the health care law, according to just released survey data from the Pew Research Center.

Health insurance exchanges are state or federal-run marketplaces for health insurance that will allow people to shop for coverage from competing private health insurance providers. The participating health insurance providers will not be allowed to deny insurance nor charge higher premiums based on pre-existing conditions. Those with qualifying low incomes will have access to subsidized insurance plans.

One in four U.S. residents said that elected officials should do what they can to make the health care law fail, according to survey results.

More U.S. residents disapprove of the law than ever before -- 53 percent said they disapproved of the law, up almost 10 percentage points from April 2010, when 44 percent expressed that opinion.

However, black Americans are far more supportive of the law than they were when it was being debated in 2009. Only 50 percent said they approved in 2009, compared to 91 percent who said the same in September 2013.

Those with incomes below $30,000 per year were more likely to support the law than those with higher incomes.

Here are the results of the survey, in an infographic:

health care law-01 One in four U.S. residents said that elected officials should do what they can to make the health care law fail.  IBTimes/Lisa Mahapatra

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