With media attention starting to focus more and more on political primaries and the upcoming November elections, we are going to hear a great deal about health care reform and the Accountable Care Act (ACA). As to be expected with such a complicated law, it is taking some time to enact all its provisions, and opponents of the law (read: Republicans) are going to try and win political points by opposing the law and calling for its repeal. (Unless, of course, they try to take credit for it).
I thought it would be a good time to review the popularity of the ACA--the real, honest reforms in the law, as opposed to the nonsense opponents would like you to believe. This data is from the Kaiser Family Foundation's recent report. A couple of the more important pieces of information:
If you separate out respondents' party affiliations, this is what you get:
If we could honestly debate this law and its reform, and if individuals were aware of the specific changes and benefits that will result from the law, Republicans would never dream of running on a platform opposing the ACA. In fact, they might even wish they could REALLY take credit for the law. If, in honest debate, we stopped calling it "Obamacare" or lying about socialized medicine, etc then we could move forward and make a positive impact for the nation.
Liars only have the advantage if the facts aren't known, and if people accept the falsehoods as truth. Hopefully, this information will help. It is clear that these reforms are popular and have broad support. The net favorable opinion of the law has increased to 48%, and increased awareness of the law's reforms tend to increase positive opinion:
Don't let the liars deceive you.