Some uninsured delighted by Obamacare, others not so much

There's a lot of skepticism revealed in a new CBS News/New York Times poll about President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Only 16 percent of the Americans who responded said the law would help them, while 80 percent said it will hurt them or have no effect.

Leslie Foster says he is very happy with the insurance he got under Obamacare.
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 The law requires most Americans to have health insurance.

In California, about 5 million do not. That’s more than in any other state.

Leslie Foster is an independent filmmaker in Los Angeles. He signed up in October and qualified for a government subsidy of $152 a month to help pay his premium, which ended up being about $60 a month.

"I'm really happy with that," he said.

"When I saw the preventative options, I actually started getting emotional because all these amazing things are covered under my premium. I thought it was amazing," Foster said. "Why wouldn’t I take advantage of that?"

According to the CBS News / New York Times poll, 57 percent of the uninsured say getting insurance will make their health better.

"I definitely consider myself a success story," Foster said.  

But 57 percent of the uninsured told a CBS News/New York Times poll the website was difficult to use, and 59 percent said getting health insurance will hurt them financially.

Beverly Cena says all the health insurance plans her family could buy are too expensive.
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 "It’s going to cost us, even with the tax break they say they will give you," said Beverly Cena, a freelance writer from New Jersey who has a family of three. "It’s going to cost about $409 a month for the lowest-priced plan."

More than a third in the poll, 35 percent, said they will pay the penalty of either $95 or 1 percent of their annual income instead of signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

"I'd rather pay the fine than spend a lot of money and have a health care plan that really isn't going to do much for me," said Cena.

California’s goal is to enroll half a million people enrolled by March. Some 110,000 had signed up by late November and the pace has dramatically increased this month.