5 Key Findings on How Americans View the PPACA

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchanges have enrolled at least 8 million people. However, that number hasn't affected the public's impression of the law, according to the April Kaiser Health Tracking Poll.  

Americans' overall outlook on the PPACA has remained unchanged since March. Here are five key findings from the poll on how people view the healthcare reform law.

1. Forty-six percent of those surveyed say they have an unfavorable view of the law, while 38 percent have a favorable view.

2. Opinions on the law remain highly polarized by political party, with three-quarters of Republicans expressing an unfavorable view of the law and two-thirds of Democrats reporting a favorable view.

3. The PPACA exchanges exceeded the enrollment benchmark of 6 million set by the Congressional Budget Office in February (the initial CBO benchmark was 7 million). However, 57 percent of Americans think enrollment fell short of the government's expectations.

4. Fifty-seven percent of those polled feel the law isn't working as planned, based on the number of problems it has encountered during its rollout.

5. Most (58 percent) Americans think Congress should work to improve the PPACA, rather than repeal it and replace it with an alternative.

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