Even with all the media coverage about the debate over health care in 2010, the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the subsequent Supreme Court decision on the law, millions of Americans not only remain unaware that Obamacare is law, but they also don’t understand the changes that the law will soon bring about.
A recent survey published by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit healthcare policy research organization, shows that about 42% of Americans either believe the Affordable Care Act is not a law or are unsure of its legal status.
12% of the survey participants believe that Congress has repealed the law after it originally passed it. Another 7% say they believe that the Supreme Court had overturned the law as unconstitutional, while the remaining 23% said they didn’t know what the law’s status is.
While numerous attempts have been made in congress to overturn the Affordable Care Act, those attempts have been unsuccessful and it still remains federal law. In 2012, when the Supreme Court issued its decision on challenges to the law, states obtained the ability to choose whether or not to implement the law’s Medicaid expansion provisions because the court held those provisions were unconstitutional. However, the court left the rest of the law untouched, and it did not overturn it.
The law has already brought about significant changes, and beginning in 2014 some of the most important provisions will take effect. You can learn more about these at healthcare.gov.