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President looks to soothe skeptical voters on health law

President Obama signs into law a healthcare reform bill six months ago. Now, he's trying to reassure voters it will work. President Obama signs into law a healthcare reform bill six months ago. Now, he's trying to reassure voters it will work.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - Six months after he signed the health care bill into law, President Barack Obama is trying to reintroduce it to skeptical voters who don't like or understand it.

In the backyard of a home in a Virginia suburb today, Obama surrounded himself with people who benefited from the law.

They included a hemophiliac who was fearful of lifetime coverage limits that will now be eliminated, and a senior citizen who got help with her heart medications.

Obama acknowledged that economy is the nation's No. 1 concern, but insisted that health care "was one of those issues that we could no longer ignore."

He highlighted some new reforms that take effect at the six-month mark tomorrow, including new coverage for preventive care and young adults being able to stay on their parents' health care plans until age 26.

But while he heard gratitude today, a new AP poll finds just 30 percent of people in favor of and 40 percent opposed to the measure. The poll also found a high level of misunderstanding of what's actually in the bill.

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