The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has been in effect for eight years, but more than a third of Americans do not know that the two are one and the same, according to a new survey.
A poll by Morning Consult found that 17 percent of Americans thought that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act were different policies, while 18 percent didn't know if the two were different or the same, which adds up to a sizable 35 percent, notes The New York Times.
When people were polled about Obamacare being repealed, 45 percent said they didn't know that the ACA would also be repealed.
The poll showed that 61 percent were aware that a large portion of people would lose their health coverage from Medicaid or Obamacare subsidies, if Obamacare is repealed. It also found that 16 percent believed that "coverage through Medicaid and subsidies that help people buy private health insurance would not be affected," while 23 percent fell into the "don't know" category.
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When broken down by party, 47 percent of Republicans knew that a repeal of Obamacare would gut expanded Medicaid coverage and insurance subsidies, in contrast to 79 percent of Democrats.
Many voters have attempted to speak to their representatives at town halls over the proposed Obamacare repeal.
One of those lawmakers, Republican Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. of Tennessee, is refusing to hold town halls, notes the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Duncan voiced his opinion in a letter to people who contacted his office to request a town hall, according to Sarah Herron, the founder of grassroots organization Indivisible East Tennessee.
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In his letter, Duncan said that town halls would draw "extremists, kooks and radicals," and that town halls would be "shouting opportunities."
"Also, I do not intend to give more publicity to those on the far left who have so much hatred, anger and frustration in them," Duncan added. "I have never seen so many sore losers as there are today."
Duncan said that he would rather do one-on-one meetings, which he believes are "more polite and civil."
Herron said she was "shocked" and "disheartened" by Duncan's letter.