Majority of Americans Paying Attention to This Health-Care Thing

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A woman looks at the HealthCare.gov insurance exchange internet site October 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. US President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it is commonly called, passed in March 2010, went into effect Tuesday at 8am EST. Heavy Internet traffic and system problems plagued the launch of the new health insurance exchanges Tuesday morning. Consumers attempting to log on were met with an error message early Tuesday due to an overload of Internet traffic. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER Photo: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

According to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 55 percent of people in the United States say they have been following news coverage of healthcare.gov's many problems and reports of people being dropped from their current insurance plans "very" or "fairly" closely. Not coincidentally,  the percentage of people who say they have an "unfavorable" view of the Affordable Care Act rose to 49 percent this month. (It was at 43 percent before the website launched.) This probably will not continue forever.