NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - It's at the center of the government's budget battle, but the Affordable Care Act launched Tuesday anyway. The president has been promoting it for years now, but a new poll shows that few Americans really believe that the will benefit from the new law.
The poll, conducted by CNN, was released Tuesday morning, and showed a mixed review of the new health care law, commonly referred to as Obamacare.
Thirty-six percent of the people polled said that they personally won't benefit from the new law, but believe that other families will. Seventeen percent said they think Obamacare will help them, while 41% think that the law will have no effect.
22News asked people in here Western Mass. what they think, and those opinions were also mixed.
"I have health care through work, and I pay for my own health care, so I don't really think it's going to help me at all,” John Peterson of Easthampton said.
"Once I'm out of the University, it could definitely benefit me if I'm working for an employer who doesn't give insurance, or if I'm working on my own,” Minta Elsman of Northampton said.
More than half of those polled said the health insurance system created by Obamacare is a disaster waiting to happen, while a little less than half responded that the system will eventually work.
While enrollment in the health insurance exchanges begins on Tuesday, actual coverage will not start until January 1.
Click here for an interactive tool designed to help you find out whether you're eligible for benefits under the Affordable Care Act.