As Oct. 1 approaches when open enrollment begins under the Affordable Care Act, a new poll conducted by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal shows that a large number of Americans do not approve of the new health care law and believe it will produce damaging results.
- Of Americans polled, 44 percent called the health care law a bad idea, while 31 percent believe it's a good one.
- Forty-five percent of respondents say the law will have a negative impact on the nation's health care system. That compares to 23 percent who say it will have a positive impact.
- A majority of respondents, 53 percent, don't believe the law will have any impact.
- About 34 percent of those polled said they don’t understand the law very well, and 35 percent said they only understand "some" of the law.
- The poll also revealed that 73 percent of respondents said they are already happy with their health insurance coverage.
- Cardon Outreach, a Texas-based non-profit that was one of 100 related organizations recruited by the federal government to sign up navigators or counselors to help uninsured people sign up for health insurance under the ACA said it was returning more than $800,000 in federal grant money because of political driven moves in some states that were getting in the way of their efforts.
- In Florida, county health department officials were told to ban navigators from their property. And in Wisconsin and Indiana, navigators were asked to pay fees for training. Other states are charging for background checks.