The Difference Between Obamacare and ACA Is Public Opinion
Like many polls before it, CNBC’s third-quarter All-America Economic Survey revealed some hard truths about the Affordable Care Act.
Depending on whether the official name of the health care reform law or its epithet, Obamacare, is used to refer to the Affordable Care Act significantly affects how the American public responds. CNBC asked half of its 812 respondents if they support Obamacare and the other half if they support the Affordable Care Act. The results showed that 30 percent of the public do not know what the Affordable Care Act is while only 12 percent do not know what Obamacare is.
While the Obamacare moniker was originally intended as a negative reference to the health care law, the term was also embraced by supports of the reform. Regardless of its origin, the term not only increased the public profile of the Affordable Care Act, as CNBC’s numbers show, but it also contributed to the partisan nature of support for the reform.
The use of Obamacare in poll questions, rather than the Affordable Care Act, changes the number of positive and negative responses. The All-America Economic survey showed that 29 percent of the public supports Obamacare, compared to 22 percent who support the Affordable Care Act. Similarly, 46 percent of respondents said they oppose Obamacare and 37 percent oppose the Affordable Care Act.