Nearly 50% Of Americans Don’t Know That ObamaCare Hasn’t Been Repealed

It’s no wonder that we can’t have an intelligent discussion about health care in this country. when a significant number of Americans don’t even know what the facts are:

Nearly half of all Americans believe the health care reform law has already been repealed or aren’t sure one way or the other, a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows.

Fifty-two percent of Americans believe — correctly — that the law has not been repealed, the poll shows. But 22 percent think the law has been repealed, and 26 percent aren’t sure.


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  1. reid says:

    This should have been clear long ago when the main talking point was “death panels”. Of course, one party seemed eager to promote such deceptive ideas (and then use the fruits of their deception in the form of polls to later support their position), so in addition to an intelligent discussion, I’d also like to ask for an honest discussion.

  2. Gustopher says:

    And, the proportion of Republicans who believe that the Affordable Care Act was repealed is much higher than the rest of the country.

    I’m curious about how this will play out in the primaries, when Republican candidates are pledging to repeal something most of the audience thinks has been repealed.

  3. jwest says:

    The vast majority of democrats can’t find their state on a map or name the Vice President – and that’s the ones who belong to the teacher unions.

  4. Dave Schuler says:

    How many don’t know it was passed?

  5. Ben says:

    I think polls would show that nearly half of Americans believe , too.

  6. Ben says:

    damn that didn’t work. let’s try that again:

    I think polls would show that nearly half of Americans believe (insert random really insane/incorrect assertion), too.

  7. Patrick T. McGuire says:

    Two things strike me about this report. One is that those who aren’t sure probably rely on the MSM for their information which might explain their lack of knowledge. That, and that most of them probably don’t know about Obamacare is to begin with and probably don’t care one way or the other.

    The other thing is that there may be some confusion on the part of those who think it’s been repealed caused by a high-profile court case declaring it unconstitutional. They may think that because it’s been delcared void it has thereby been repealed.

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  9. mantis says:

    It’s hard to argue with liberals.

    Especially when you’re frantically waving your hands around, trying to change the subject.

  10. Axel Edgren says:

    I suspect a majority of the uninformed in this case want it repealed. Let them think it has.