Rampant misinformation floating around about the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, proves how devastatingly effective the right wing media’s lies have been. A recent CNBC poll found that when asked about the law, the responses were different depending on what the law was called, showing that many people think that the ACA and Obamacare are two different things.
When asked about Obamacare, 35% of respondents reported that they felt “very negative” about it, yet when asked about the ACA, only 24% reported negative feelings. The confusion is apparently on both sides, since 14% expressed a positive view of Obamacare while only 10% said that they saw the ACA in a positive light.
The overall view of Obamacare in the poll showed that people had a ratio of negative feelings of 46-39, which is quite close to the 37-22 negative take on the Affordable Care Act. However, 30% said that they did not know enough about the ACA to give an informed opinion, while only 12% said the same about Obamacare.
This is how the TEApublicans have been able to whip up so much support among their base for the repeal of this law. They are disseminating bad information about what is in it, relying on the high probability that people won’t doi the research for themselves, simply accepting it as fact.
Many people are going to be very pleasantly surprised after the first of the year when they find themselves with better health insurance at a lower rate than they are currently paying. That is exactly what the TEApublicans are afraid of. Once people see that it is not the disaster that was predicted, it will become impossible to repeal it.