1 5 Impact on country Source: USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll of 1,506 adults taken Sept. 4-8. Margin of error +/-3 percentage points. Janet Loehrke, USA TODAY Susan Page, USA TODAY 11:29 a.m. EDT September 16, 2013 Confusion about the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, hasn’t significantly abated, especially among the laws main targets. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images) Story Highlights New poll shows confusion and misinformation still exists about the law Among young people, just 56% realize there’s a mandate to be insured Knowledge about the law is higher in states that are setting up their own exchanges SHARE 6723 CONNECT 1021 TWEET 536 COMMENTEMAILMORE WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers have failed in dozens of attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but a new USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll shows just how difficult they have made it for President Obama’s signature legislative achievement to succeed. As the health care exchanges at the heart of the law open for enrollment in two weeks, the public’s views of it are as negative as they have ever been, and disapproval of the president’s handling of health care has hit a new high. Confusion and misinformation about the law haven’t significantly abated, especially among the law’s main targets. Among the 19% polled who are uninsured, nearly four in 10 don’t realize the law requires them to get health insurance next year. Among young people, whose participation is seen as crucial for the exchanges to work, just 56% realize there’s a mandate to be insured or face a fine. And in the states that have refused to participate in the insurance marketplaces defaulting instead to the federal exchange knowledge about the Affordable Care Act and support for it are notably lower than in states that are setting up their own exchanges. MORE: Pew poll “There has been a full-court press from Day One from the opposition to characterize and demonize the plan,” says Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution, who wrote about the GOP efforts in a 2012 book about Washington he co-authored, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks. “The campaign against the law after it was enacted, the range of steps taken, the effort to delegitimize it it is unprecedented.
Yes, we can win seven more races, Spithill told reporters. Were in quite a different situation now where were clearly confident in our boat and we believe we can do it and weve almost got nothing to lose. Oracle outmaneuvered New Zealand on the starting line yesterday, led at the first turn and extended that advantage to 11 seconds by the end of the second leg. Headed back upwind toward the Golden Gate Bridge, Oracle repeatedly forced the Kiwis in directions that caused disadvantages with the wind and current, extending the lead as the two 72-foot (22-meter) catamarans headed back toward the finish line. Spithill said the victory was the result of a good start and mistake-free sailing by tacticians Ben Ainslie and Tom Slingsby. We were able to get a nice jump off the line and from there Benny and Tom sailed a very nice race, Spithill said. If you get behind in a race, its very difficult to find a passing lane unless someone makes a mistake and between Benny and Tom, they didnt allow any passing lanes. Not Over Dean Barker, New Zealand s skipper, said his team wasnt taking its seven-race edge for granted. We dont believe this is over until we win one more race, he said. Its a battle. You have to fight incredibly hard for every point. There are no gimmes out here. The days second race was postponed when winds topped a 20 knot (23 mile per hour, 37 kilometer per hour) safety limit. It was the second consecutive day that had a race postponement. Spithill said New Zealand rebuffed Oracles proposal to increase the wind limit for the regatta.