Kaiser Family Foundation's latest tracking poll shows the public still divided in its views of the health reform law, a sentiment largely unchanged since the law's enactment in March. Forty-two percent of Americans say they have a generally favorable view of the law, while 41 percent say the opposite.
But opposition from seniors seems to be on the decline. The share of those aged 65 and up holding unfavorable views of health reform dropped to 40 percent in December, the lowest since the passage of the law.
"The real challenge in the short term is neither the state of the court challenges nor the threat of repeal or even the threat of substantial starvation of appropriations. I think it has to do with reaching the public and educating them about what's in the bill," said Edward F. Howard, executive vice president of Alliance for Health Reform. "The real battle over the next couple of years wll be making your case to the American public whether this is a good deal or a bad deal."