ObamaCare Is the ACA, but Many Don't Know It
One-third of Americans, to be exact: poll
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2017 7:50 AM CST
In this Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

(Newser) – Ask some if they want ObamaCare repealed and they'll say yes, but ask those same people if they want the Affordable Care Act repealed and they may have a different answer. That despite the two being one and the same, the New York Times reports, a fact that apparently a "sizable minority" of people don't realize, per a new survey by Morning Consult. Around 17% of those who participated in the poll said they believed ObamaCare and the ACA were two different health-care entities, while another 18% just weren't sure.

Younger people (ages 18 to 29) seemed to have the most head-scratching over this, as did those making less than $50,000 a year—both groups that could be hit hard by a repeal, the Times notes. This "apparent confusion," per Fortune, also extended into what people believed would happen if the ACA were indeed repealed, with 29% thinking incorrectly that Medicaid coverage and private insurance subsidies would remain untouched, while another 24% admitted they didn't know. (The push to repeal has slowed down substantially on Capitol Hill.)

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