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The Anatomy of Obamacare (What's Not to Like?)

by Bill Rapp

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The Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare” or ACA) has been widely discussed and debated, but remains widely misunderstood. Many core provisions of the law are viewed favorably by the public, except the individual mandate — the most critical piece, without which the plan cannot survive.

Our latest infographic examines the anatomy of this phenomena and asks why 66% of the public views the individual mandate unfavorably when it will affect less than 6%.

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Sources: Affordable Care Act favorability and awareness data from Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, March 2012. Available at Individual mandate data from The Urban Institute, “The Individual Mandate in Perspective” by Linda J. Blumberg, Matthew Buettgens, Judy Feder; March 2012. Available at