Kentuckians really don't like the health care law, which remains a key election theme

10/14/2010 08:50 AM

(With video report) The health care law Congress passed last spring remains highly unpopular in Kentucky nearly twice as many likely voters say they have an unfavorable view of it than those who like it, a cn|2 Poll shows.

But when asked what effect the new law will have, Kentuckians were less certain.

Q. What is your opinion of the health care law Congress passed in March?
  • 31% said favorable
  • 56% said unfavorable
  • 12% were unsure
Q. What do you believe will be the effect of the health care bill passed in March?
  • 43% believe it will provide coverage to more people
  • 40% believe fewer people will be covered
  • 2.4% believe it will have no effect
  • 14% don’t know

The poll of more than 800 likely voters was taken last week — Oct. 4-6 — by interviewers from Braun Research Inc. of Princeton, N.J. It has a margin of error of 3.5 points.

Estimates for the bill say 32 million Americans who were uninsured will get covered by health insurance as a result. Several provisions took effect in August, specifically those that allow young adults and recent college graduates to gain coverage through their parents’ health insurance. Another effect is that insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to people with pre-existing health conditions.

Many other provisions of the law aren’t scheduled to take effect until 2014.

Critics say that the bill will cost an extra $1 trillion over 10 years. But the counter-argument from Democrats is that it prevents the health care costs to the government from rising as high as they otherwise might.

The health care law remains a persistent theme in this fall’s election, with Republicans such as U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul calling for its repeal as part of his campaign platform.

Here’s a look at how the law is being viewed through the political spectrum this fall:

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