Most Americans are extremely opinionated when it comes to Obamacare.
It is unsettling, then, that many have no clue that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing.
On “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last Tuesday, a camera crew hit Hollywood Boulevard to ask random people on the street which they liked more: Obmacare or the Affordable Care Act.
Kimmel found that many voters have no idea that Obamacare is merely a nickname for the Affordable Care Act.
When one woman was asked what she thought of Obamacare, she said, “I think there’s a lot of holes in it, and I think it needs to be revamped. The Affordable Care Act is better.”
Another said, “I just don’t agree with the whole Obamacare policy going on,” she said.
When asked if “Obamacare is socialist,” one man said yes. He said no, however, when asked if the Affordable Care Act is socialist.
If the ignorance demonstrated by Kimmel’s interviewees comes anywhere close to representing the country’s population, it is worrisome and may be closely tied to “information” being put out by the mainstream media.
The media often does not care about giving us substantial information about important issues like Obamacare, so long as we click on their sensational, partisan headlines and make them more ad revenue.
Instead of focusing on Obamacare’s implications, like specific premium costs or the changing doctor-patient relationship, the media so often pumps out fluffy, talking-point stories that feature anecdotal stories like, You Might Hate Obamacare, But It’s Saved These People’s Lives.
The media’s disregard for solid facts can lead to a largely ignorant voting population. A voting population that has virtually no knowledge of the most significant government power-grab of our generation, Obamacare.