A recent poll conducted by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that six-in-ten Georgia citizens do not have the foggiest clue about how the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare as it’s known more widely — will impact them…but they know they don’t want it. Is there anything that sounds more like a 3-year-old not wanting to eat something new, or what? “Oh, I don’t know how this is going to taste, but I immediately hate it and want no part of it.” This stubborn resistance to unfamiliar things is clearly what the GOP is depending on to gin-up the ire over Obamacare.
An interesting thing of note is that most people when polled are in favor of expanding Medicaid under Obamacare. That runs in direct contrast to what Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has decided to do about the ACA. It also shows just how confused the people in Georgia are about the Affordable Care Act.
There are many pundits who have pointed out that when you split up the ACA into its various components — no more denial of coverage for preexisting conditions, better or even free access to contraceptive and reproductive health screenings for women, and the mandatory minimum amounts that insurance companies now have to spend on direct care — Obamacare does quite well in the polls. It’s when you slap the word “Obama” on there and start talking about “socialized medicine” and “government takeover” that induces the less-informed to panic.
The good news is that the Affordable Care Act exchanges open in about a week. At that time anyone with Internet access will be able to see what the rates are across the country. When and if people in states like Georgia start seeing Obamacare work — glitches, hiccups and all — the pressure will only mount on those red state leaders to adapt to the new way. Perhaps it’ll take another few months or likely years, but eventually Americans won’t be able to be kept from the facts about the ACA, and then maybe polls like this one will look drastically different.
In the video that follows, President Obama addresses the vote House Republicans took that put a budget through to the Senate, without funding for the ACA.