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Majority of Americans want Obamacare repealed or scaled back: poll

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Majority of Americans want Obamacare repealed or scaled back: poll

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- A majority of Americans now prefer the healthcare overhaul to be scaled back or even entirely repealed following two months of glitches, according to a Gallup poll released on Friday.

The latest Gallup poll found that 32 percent of Americans say they want the Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, while 20 percent of Americans favor a scale-back of the law. Twenty percent and 17 percent of Americans respectively want the healthcare overhaul to be expanded or remain the same.

The percentage of Americans who prefer to scale back or repeal the Obamacare is similar to the 50 percent in mid-October poll.

At least half of Americans have said they would repeal or scale back the law each time Gallup has asked this question since January 2011.

The latest poll showed that 90 percent of Republicans support efforts to scale back or repeal the healthcare law, while 65 percent of Democrats want the law to remain the same or get expanded.

A Gallup poll released earlier this week indicated a quarter of people who lack health insurance say they will likely pay a fine rather than enrolling in ObamaCare.

Earlier this week, U.S. President Barack Obama kicked off a three-week coordinated campaign with Democrats at Capitol Hill and outside allies to reboot the healthcare overhaul, following two months of intense media coverage of the federal healthcare website failures.

The Healthcare.gov, the federal online marketplace serving consumers in 36 states, is key to Obama's signature healthcare overhaul aiming to get more uninsured Americans coverage.

However, the website have been plagued with technical glitches since it was launched on Oct. 1. Many consumers have reported difficulties of signing up and getting enrolled. The Obama administration said on Monday the technical team had already met its self-imposed deadline on Nov. 30 to make sure the website can handle "the vast majority of users."

More events are expected from now through Dec. 23, the enrollment deadline for Jan. 1 insurance coverage according to the Affordable Care Act.

The 2010 Affordable Care Act, which passed with no Republican support, has been a long-time controversial issue in Washington and across the country. The Republicans, in particular, have never backed down from their efforts to dismantle the healthcare overhaul or delay its implementation.

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