1 in 3 Believe Obamacare, ACA Different: Survey

Feb. 8, 2017 -- Many Americans don't realize that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing, or what will happen if it is repealed, a new survey reveals.

The Morning Consult poll found that 35 percent of respondents said they thought Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act were different policies (17 percent) or didn't know if they were the same or different (18 percent), The New York Times reported.

This confusion was highest among people ages 18-29 and those with incomes below $50,000 a year, two groups that could face major impacts by repeal.

About 45 percent of respondents did not know the Affordable Care Act would be repealed, The Times reported.

Sixty-one percent of respondents knew many people would lose coverage through Medicaid or subsidies for private health insurance if the Affordable Care Act were repealed and no replacement put in place.

Sixteen percent believed "coverage through Medicaid and subsidies that help people buy private health insurance would not be affected" by repeal, and 23 percent did not know.

The confusion over the Affordable Care Act could affect public debate over repealing the policy, according to The Times.

If many people believe repeal would not affect the popular provisions of the policy, they might not understand the potential effects of the proposals being considered by Republicans.

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