Despite healthcare.gov debacle, Americans still believe in ACA

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2013_11_healthcaregov1 A new poll reveals most respondents think the Affordable Care Act will straighten itself out, even though more than half currently oppose it.

Healthcare.gov may have had a rocky start, but a majority of Americans surveyed for a new poll still feel the Affordable Care Act will work, eventually.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Nov. 27 found a majority of respondents think the law will straighten itself out, even though about 60 percent currently oppose it.

However, 14 percent of the opposition believes the law does not go far enough, meaning 54 percent of respondents either support the Affordable Care Act or think it should do more.

The poll, conducted Nov. 18-20 for CNN by ORC International, surveyed 843 adult Americans.

The Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010 after a tumultuous battle in the Senate.

Since December 2012, approval for the law has wavered between 41 and 48 percent, according to a Gallup poll.

The Obama administration Oct. 1 unveiled healthcare.gov , a virtual marketplace for citizens to buy and compare health care plans. However, the website debuted full of glitches.

Only about 106,000 Americans signed up for health care during the first month; a number way below the expected turnout.

The Department of Health and Human Services hired Jeffery Zients on Oct. 22 to fix problems on the website. HHS promised the website would be fully functional by the end of November. The department hired QSSI, a health care IT company, to work on the website.

A month later, HHS reported healthcare.gov was working smoothly for a vast majority of its users.

The website can currently manage about 100,000 users simultaneously and will be able to handle more than 800,000 at a time by the end of November, according to HHS.

Though the website has had some recent successes, members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee expressed concern over the security of users’ personal information when signing up for health care.

Witnesses at a Nov. 19 hearing testified the website was susceptible to attacks by hackers and that more than 700 impostor sites had been created to try to trick those signing up for health care into divulging their personal information.

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