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Health care overhaul taking root in divided nation

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A year after President Barack Obama signed his health care overhaul, the law remains so divisive that Americans can't even agree on what to call it.

Supporters call it the Affordable Care Act, a shortened version of the official title Democrats gave their massive bill. It may be better known as "Obamacare," the word used by Republicans seeking its demise.

Even so, polls show that about 1 in 8 Americans believe they have been personally helped already, well before the main push to cover the uninsured scheduled for 2014.

Still, issues of affordability and complexity guarantee ongoing problems, even if the Supreme Court upholds the landmark legislation that made health insurance both a right and a responsibility.

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