Health Reform Law Gaining Wider Acceptance: Poll

Still-controversial package's benefits appeal to more people, Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey finds

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A fair amount of the current Republican primary race to challenge President Obama in the November election has focused on pledges to repeal much or all of the health care act.

Slightly more than half of those polled -- including 61 percent of Republicans -- said they knew that when Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts he supported a law that provides health insurance to many people in the state. The law is similar to the federal law signed by Obama in March 2010.

Most poll respondents said they had little or no idea what the Massachusetts law has -- and has not -- accomplished. The legislation, which includes an individual mandate, has provided coverage to a majority of state residents, is popular with most people in the state, but has yet to contain costs.

The poll was conducted online Jan. 17-19 with 2,415 adults 18 years of age and older. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted, where necessary, to bring them into line with their actual proportions of the U.S. population. So-called "propensity score weighting" was also used to adjust for respondents' likelihood to be online.

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For more details on the poll visit Harris Interactive.

To learn more about the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, visit healthcare.gov.

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