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'Obamacare' better known than 'health reform law'

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The term “Obamacare” is now both more recognized and more polarizing than “health reform law,” according to a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Kaiser said that although the term "Obamacare" was originally used mostly by the law's critics, today it garners more recognition and opinion across all political classifications than the more generic phrase does.

"Although nearly a quarter of Americans say they don't know their view on the 'health reform law,' the public is more opinionated when asked about 'Obamacare': the share offering no opinion drops to 11 percent, and the shares expressing both favorable and unfavorable views of the law rise when this term is used," Kaiser said.

With either term, those who say they feel unfavorable about the law are in a slight majority, according to the poll. However, 40 percent of respondents said the law won't have much impact on their families. Only 22 percent said they have heard "at least some" about the health insurance marketplaces, a key provision of the law scheduled to open on Oct. 1.

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at heathers@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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