Life has gotten quite a bit more confusing for a lot of Americans in the last decade. And adding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to the mix didn't help.

That's what a new poll from The Associated Press and GfK finds. In the last decade, 75 percent of those queried agreed that "everyday life" has gotten either somewhat more complicated or much more complicated. Even more — 78 percent — said the same about political issues.

Americans are befuddled by many of the day's political issues. But when asked specifically about PPACA, their level of confusion rose significantly. Almost no one interviewed felt completely comfortable saying they understand the law and its unfolding implications.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.