Americans don't know the difference between Obamacare and ACA

Americans haven't learned anything since 2013, Jimmy Kimmel finds

By Alexandra Rosenmann

Published January 19, 2017 11:10PM (EST)

Jimmy Kimmel  (Screenshot)
Jimmy Kimmel (Screenshot)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.


Jimmy Kimmel's team took to the streets to prove, once again, that when it comes to the heath care debate, it's all in a name.

"As you know, Republicans in Congress have been hard at work looking to repeal and replace Obamacare right now," Kimmel began. "People have very strong opinions about the president's heath care plan."

The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was enacted by President Obama in March 2010. Nearly three years later, Kimmel's team hit the streets for a series of "man on the street interviews" to discuss the plan.

"[We] asked people which was better, Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act? Which, as anyone who knows anything about this subject at all knows, Obamacare is just a nickname for the Affordable Care Act. They're the same thing," Kimmel pointed out.

"So, with all the attention being paid to the subject lately, we decided to ask this question again to see if Americans had learned anything [since 2013]," he explained.

Unfortunately, the experiment proved they hadn't.

“I'm not the biggest fan of Obama, so I don’t support him in the Obama things he’s got going on," one woman explained after noting she preferred the ACA. "I'm actually really excited about President-elect Donald Trump," she added.

“So, you don’t like anything Obama does and you prefer the Affordable Care Act?” Kimmel's reporter asked the woman.

"Absolutely,” she answered.

One man confirmed that if he was a senator, he'd keep the Affordable Care Act, but repeal Obamacare.

Another man admitted his confusion upfront.

"My girlfriend supports Trump," he said after revealing he "wasn't sure" why he supported the ACA over Obamacare.

"I go with whatever she says," he added.

“I believe with Obamacare the premiums are too high, so I believe in the Affordable Care Act,” another man offered. He believes with a name like the Affordable Care Act, it must be affordable.

"[It's] obvious because it’s in the name," he concluded.

However, one Obama supporter had another take on the name.

“One you pay and the other Obama pays for you... big difference," he explained.



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