We have been talking a LOT about the Affordable Care Act lately, and specifically about how people are confused and misinformed and don’t know practically anything about it. Well now we have even more proof.
According to sources, an online marketing consultant named Kontera ran an analysis on how the names “Obamacare” and “Affordable Care Act” were trending on Twitter. Upon review of the numbers, they found that 66% of tweets mentioning the Affordable Care Act were positive, while only 56% of tweets mentioning Obamacare were positive. So it would seem that while Fox viewers had an 8 point spread, the general public has a group of about 10% who are unaware of the fact that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing.
The problem being presented to supporters of the ACA is two-fold. First, while they’re trying to explain the merits of the law, the detractors continue to spread their lies.The good thing is that it has been proven since the exchanges opened that the more people get to know about the law, the more they like it. Eventually the only people left who actually hate the ACA will be those stubborn Teapublicans who refuse to like anything even remotely connected to President Obama and the government.
The second problem is that the mainstream media essentially refuses to call out the lies. For example, Bloomberg states towards the end of their piece, “Of course, that’s just one data point, and positive social media mentions don’t necessarily translate into support for the Affordable Care Act itself: A Quinnipiac University poll found that Americans oppose the law 47 percent to 45 percent.”
However, what they’re missing and refuse to acknowledge is that so many people are completely ignorant of the Affordable Care Act that any polling is inherently skewed. Luckily, despite the lack of assistance from the mainstream media networks, and obstruction from others, the more people learn about the law, the less this will be an issue. Hopefully sooner rather than later.