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And of that forty-four percent, 13% consisted of people that either believe Congress had repealed the law (8%) or the Supreme Court had overturned it (5%).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to this poll, aren’t aware that “Obamacare” is a law — and 13% of those that don’t think it’s a law believe it’s been repealed in some way.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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  • Karla Ibsen

    Maybe we should let them all think it’s not the law or has been repealed. Then, maybe they’ll all be quiet for a while.

    Yes. Republicans are trying to use the FUD factor. Fear, uncertainty, and doubt have effectively been used before. The sad part is that so many are susceptible to this tactic. One would hope the people of our nation were more astute. The fact that so many are not reveals a disturbing possibility. That is, education in the country is failing. Democracy requires an educated populace and we’re at risk of losing that. The Republicans know it and like it, which is evidenced by the fact that they are building their strategies based on low-information voters while moving to curtail education at all levels.

    • Pipercat

      Ah FUD, one of the little legacies left to us by the IBM of old! I have come to the conclusion of late, that FUD has been updated and replaced by “F cubed!” Fear, Fallacy and Falsehood!!

  • southpaugh

    I’d like to start cleaning things up by seeing a law passed that members of Congress are held to a standard of perjury for every statement they make under the authority of their position in government. There may be provision for them to opt out when they’re giving their personal opinion disassociated from their official capacity and oath of office, perhaps by specifically, publicly declaring in each instance, “My name is Rep. Such-and-so of the Nth Congressional district of the state of Somesuch, and everything I say in the following interview is my personal opinion and is not connected to my position as a member of Congress.” But, every word uttered by every Representative and Senator on their chamber’s floor is treated as if the speaker is giving sworn testimony in a court of law. Lies, mischaracterization of facts and mendacious statements would be grounds for charges of perjury (read: High Crimes) subject to proof by the appropriate Ethics Committee. Three strikes and you’re out…of office.

  • 26ave

    How does one explain a people exposed to the most news broadcasting of any country in the world being so ignorant as to the true facts about anything?

  • ov

    Combustion Engineering’s motto was, “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with boolshit.” I wonder if they are in charge of the GOP’s propaganda?

  • Alex Peterson

    Americans are stupid. They do’t pay attention to what is going on with their government. They don’t knw what socialism is. I had a woman tell my yesterday, with a straight face, that under Obamacare if you were 70 years old and got cancer you would not be treated. The media doesn’t help as it cares more about what Miley Cyress is doing with her butt that what is happening in Congress.

  • not a liberal

    republicans don’t care about what is right or wrong about the law? wasn’t it Nancy Pelosi who said “we have to pass it to be able to read what’s in it”? this administration has had no respect for constitutional law since day one. maybe you want to rely completely on a government to take care of everything for you, but I am personally well minded enough to take care of myself. I.e. provide for my own health care. so those of us non-liberals who are educated enough to know about it being a law, see right through your nonsense.

  • Cindi Walker

    One reader mentioned the amount of television news. Yes we have the most news shows; however, most of those people watch Fox News which has been statistically shown to contain over 50 % falsehoods in their so called reportage. Or we get days like yesterday when for hours on end the talking heads sat on TV jabbering about the Malaysia Airlines crash when they had no information and did a lot of speculating about nothing. But they managed to BS for four hours. Most people tuned out long before that 4 hours were up.
    And I agree with southpaugh about making them state that it is their opinion not actual fact.