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Many people think Obamacare was repealed

A large number of Americans don't realize that the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land and will require everyone to have health insurance next year.

By MSN Money Partner May 1, 2013 2:24PM

This post comes from Brandon Ballenger at partner site Money Talks News.

Money Talks News on MSN MoneyForty-two percent of Americans don't know that the Affordable Care Act is still in effect, a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows.


Surgeons operating on patient © Pete Saloutos, UpperCut Images, Getty ImagesAmong those people:

  • 12% think Congress got rid of it. (It's true the Republican-controlled U.S. House has tried literally dozens of times.)
  • 7% think the Supreme Court did. (It's true that both Fox News and CNN wrongly reported that in the minutes after the ruling last summer.)
  • 23% said they didn't know enough to say whether the law existed or not. That's a record high since KFF began tracking public awareness three years ago.

Nearly half of Americans say they don't know enough about the law to know how or whether it will affect them. More than half of those who stand to benefit most from the changes -- the uninsured and low-income households -- feel that way.

Forty percent have an unfavorable view of the law, while 35% have a favorable one. President Obama said at a press conference Tuesday that the administration is still making refinements to the regulations used to implement the law. One of those is a streamlined application form for the uninsured, The Associated Press says. provides information about the law and how it affects everyone. It has help for getting insurance, plus a timeline for the law, which continues to be implemented in phases through 2015.

But here are a few key upcoming points about the still very-real health care law:

  • Beginning in October, new insurance exchanges will open for enrollment in every state.
  • At the same time, tax credits will become available to help many people afford their premiums.
  • Beginning in January, most of those who can afford insurance and refuse coverage will pay a fine. There are exceptions -- check out this flow chart (.pdf file) -- and the amount will increase over time, but will initially be the greater of $95 per adult and $47.50 per child or 1% of family income. For example, that would be $285 for parents with two kids and a household income of $28,500.

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May 1, 2013 3:28PM

Where has the MEDIA been on this?  The left wing media is STILL protecting Obama and has been since the first time he ran for president.  It is THEIR job to inform Americans.  We need the truth to make smart decisions.  They hid the truth about Obama's agenda and they hid the truth about what this HORRIBLE piece of legislation will do to jobs and the economy.  They only want to tell us the truth about Republicans and ignore or hide the truth about the Democrats and Obama.  They are hurting America with their favoritism and bias for one party over the other.  Fairness and impartiality are a thing of the past in journalism.  Just look at the way they covered the Occupy protest compared to the the Tea Party.  I blame a lot of this ignorance on the liberal, progressive left wing MEDIA!

May 1, 2013 3:02PM
Shows how many idiots there are in the world.  The idiots are in for a nasty surprise once they start getting screwed from behind by Obama.
May 1, 2013 3:10PM

They don't know that Obama-Care is the law and the crap is about to het the fan?

Well, well, well.

As Gomer Pile used to say......


May 1, 2013 3:08PM
I know a guy that took a job driving a school bus just so he could get health insurance.  I guess he won't have to work anymore since the Bomas are going to be giving away health insurance.  It will be Free!  Errrrr, free as in you and I will have to pay for it via increased income taxes.  The Bomas are hell bent on redistributing people's earnings.  I can understand why every shyster and derlict voted for them since they are the benefactors in this redistribution of earnings ponzi scheme.
May 1, 2013 3:29PM
in 2016 you will pay $12000 per year for a family insurance plan. Good Luck with that Obama voters
May 1, 2013 3:22PM
if they knew it was the law they would be screaming all day and night. just wait until they really start cramming the mandates upon us and the price of the insurance goes even higher that the costs now. the law is a piece of crap as well as the people who actually voted to pass this money sucking, power grabbing, freedom stealing tax that big brother thinks we need
May 1, 2013 3:45PM
What's the diference between the people that thought Obamacare was repealed and the idiots that's voted for this without reading it.....aka Nancy the Biotch Pelosi...sign and we will see what's in it!!

May 1, 2013 4:05PM

obama=take away rights+take away weapons+force working americans to pay more so lazy bums get a free ride and vote Dem. (obama bucks) Then if you try to sell your nest egg house after your kids grow up and down size and pull your equity out, o yeah he want 3.8% of that too

May 1, 2013 3:33PM

you spend over $7500 in gas a year with bush $3100 with bush you had a better paying job.

now you will have to pay $12000 a year for insurance and $7500 in gas and 37% for food. so over $20,000 a year to have Obama in office will it be worth it?  if you don't belive me go back to your cheaking account when bush was in office and check for yourself.

May 1, 2013 4:07PM
Get your head out of your butt people!  Next year you have to pay more in taxes and for your health care so those gaming the system can get their healthcare for free.
May 1, 2013 3:51PM

People keep wanting to believe the emperor has new clothes.


May 1, 2013 3:12PM
May 1, 2013 3:17PM
Just wishful thinking on most peoples part!!!
May 1, 2013 4:02PM
You mean... starting in January, people that don't have insurance will pay increased taxes - can't call it a fine - remember?  That would be unconstitutional.
May 1, 2013 3:55PM
If my taxes are going to pay for the poor anyway, Lets pay it directly to the medical providers without giving billions to the insurance companies. Next take out the part that gives 220 million/year to the UAW.  If They can afford to pay people like hoffa six figure incomes without making anything, they don't need my money. I could go on..but....
May 1, 2013 4:06PM
Are you sure that they are not just dreaming that Obama-Care was repealed?  That would be a pisser to be dreaming sweet dreams like that and to wake up in the night mare that we have to live in of Obama-Care wouldn't it?
May 1, 2013 4:03PM
May 1, 2013 5:33PM
 Obamacare is gonna ruin our economy.

If you believe in Obamacare please give me a thumbs down.

If you realize Obamacare is going to impact our economy and the quality of healthcare in a negative way thumbs up.

May 1, 2013 4:21PM
What do you care about a fine when you are getting thousands of dollars of Earned Income Credit refunds from the IRS.  We are giving refunds to people of taxes they didn't pay in.  They get free medical care anyway.  If they don't have insurance, they just take the fine off the tax return.  It might reduce the thousands of dollars they are getting in refunds.  So what.  None of the money is anything they paid.  They don't care.  One person I know took $7,000 and bought brand new furniture.  I can't afford new furniture and I work hard for a living.  That's what people who don't work for a living do with the money we give them.  They live better than we do.  She doesn't get married to her baby daddy who lives with her so she can get all that money.  She doesn't claim the fact she he supports his own child. 
May 1, 2013 4:29PM
WOW - click on the flow chart in this article!  It says that by 2016 (which just so happens to be the last year of King Obama's reign), your health care premium, for the "LOWEST" level of care will cost over $12,000 bucks per year for a family!  Now that's Affordable Health Care!  Thanks Obo.....
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