Since its inception (beginning in 2010 with most of it going into effect in 2014), the Affordable Care Act has gone by another name: Obamacare. First used as a slight by Republicans to try to attach the president to what they saw as a failed attempt to get all Americans insured, Obama made a conscious choice to use the word “Obamacare” going forward when talking about the ACA.
A poll released today, however, suggests another issue: Many Americans simply don’t know that “Obamacare” and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing. The poll, conducted by Morning Consult, suggests that about 35 percent of us don’t know that there are two names for the same policy. The survey was conducted in late January and polled nearly 2,000 adults.
Obamacare has been in the news a lot lately as Trump campaigned on a promise to repeal the ACA, amid a flurry of new sign-ups and polls that suggested that most Americans do in fact want to keep the act in place. Recent reports suggest that now, rather than “repeal” Obamacare, Republican lawmakers are instead hoping to “repair” the law. Maybe they should just change the name: Most Americans will probably think it’s a whole new law, again. Maybe... Trumpcare?