In most polls, a majority of Americans say they oppose "Obamacare." But a number of recent polls suggest that many of those same people are more supportive of the Affordable Care Act . There’s just one problem: They’re the same thing.
A recent CNBC poll found 46 percent of respondents said they are opposed to Obamacare. But only 37 percent of the same people taking part in the poll say they oppose the Affordable Care Act.
So, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel decided to take the seeming contradiction to the next level by filming a video in which he asked people to share their thoughts on Obamacare vs. Affordable Care.
“I just think there’s a lot of holes in it and that it needs to be revamped. I just think it hasn’t been thought out,” one person says when asked why she doesn’t like Obamacare. When asked about the Affordable Care Act, she responds, “It’s better but I’m not happy with that, either.”
“Just the name says it all,” adds another man, who said he’d sign up for the Affordable Care Act but not Obamacare.
Another point made with one of the interviewees reflects the findings of a recent NPR report, which shows that many individuals who say they are opposed to Obamacare actually support many of the law’s provisions when they are explained individually and without the baggage of being attached to President Obama.
Of course, the lack of knowledge about the health care law seems to split both ways. One person told Kimmel’s film crew that he supports Obamacare. When asked why he prefers that to the Affordable Care Act he responded, “I just don’t think it’s as available to everyone who needs it.”
When the first woman interviewed is finally told that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are in fact the same thing, she responds, “I did not know that. Thanks, you made me look stupid.”