Obamacare, Affordable Care Act Turns 3 on March 23, 2013

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The Affordable Care Act has been law of the land for three years now. President Obama signed the legislation on March 23, 2010, but it remains a source of controversy and mystery for many Americans.

Meanwhile, some of the most significant parts of the law have yet to take effect.

Three years after the enactment of Obamacare, here's a look at some key figures that shed light on the status of the law's implementation, its impact on the nation and public opinion.

A poll from the nonpartisan, nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation, conducted March 5-10, found that just 37 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the law while 40 percent have an unfavorable view.

There's a partisan split in opinion, with 68 percent of Republicans saying they view the law unfavorably and 58 percent of Democrats saying they have a positive opinion of the law. Among independents, 31 percent have a favorable view, while 45 percent have an unfavorable view.

Meanwhile, nearly a quarter of Americans -- 23 percent -- declined to offer any opinion on the law. That may not be unreasonable, given that many people don't fully understand the law.

Full story of Obamacare By the numbers On CBS News

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