According to Recent Poll, Nearly Half of Americans Unaware “Obamacare” is the Law

healthcare-lawLast week I wrote about a poll done in Louisiana that showed nearly one-third of Republicans in that state blamed President Obama for the aftermath following Hurricane Katrina.  A number that was higher than those who blamed President Bush.  Which is pathetically laughable considering Katrina happened over three years before Obama became President.

Now comes a poll done by Kaiser Family Foundation that showed nearly half (44%) of Americans surveyed weren’t aware that the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) is the law of the land.

And of that forty-four percent, 13% consisted of people that either believe Congress had repealed the law (8%) or the Supreme Court had overturned it (5%).

Let that sink in for a moment.

Nearly half of Americans, according to this poll, aren’t aware that “Obamacare” is a law — and 13% of those that don’t think it’s a law believe it’s been repealed in some way.

Now, how would people come to such ridiculously inaccurate conclusions?

It’s simple—blatant misinformation.  The very campaign of misinformation Republicans have been waging against the Affordable Care Act even before it was signed into law.

See, I’ve maintained before that Republicans don’t care about being right or wrong about the law—that’s not their goal.  They just need to create so much doubt that Americans don’t know what the heck is going on.  They’re well aware of the simple psychological trait that many people fear change and they definitely fear that which they do not understand.

So while Republicans will harp on and on about how the uncertainty Americans display when it comes to “Obamacare” proves it’s a disaster waiting to happen, their words simply don’t make any sense when you look at the simple facts.

Facts such as, how can Americans properly shape opinions about a law when many of them think they know the facts, but what they know are actually blatant lies?  Lies which they didn’t create on their own.  They’ve been conditioned the last few years by those who oppose “Obamacare” to believe these lies—even when confronted with the facts.

If people know the truth about something, then oppose it, that’s one thing.  Heck, even if when these people were polled and their answers were “I don’t know”, that would at least show they simply weren’t sure.  But that’s not happening.  People are being polled, and they’re simply responding to questions with answers which are complete distortions of the truth or flat-out lies.

Which proves that most people aren’t confused about the law, they’ve been lied to about it.  And the ones who’ve been lying to them are the very people who use that uncertainty as a tool against the Affordable Care Act.

And that’s been the Republican plan all along.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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