It's more than a little amusing to watch the current Congress, where both houses are under Republican control, having such a hard time trying to repeal Obamacare. The problem for the GOP is that the falsehoods the party has been peddling about Obamacare for years now finally are coming home to roost. We've […]

 

 

It's more than a little amusing to watch the current Congress, where both houses are under Republican control, having such a hard time trying to repeal Obamacare.

The problem for the GOP is that the falsehoods the party has been peddling about Obamacare for years now finally are coming home to roost. We've reached the point where most Americans now prefer the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) to the cockamamie substitutes proposed by Republicans.

Four years ago this summer, I posted on this blog evidence that most Americans actually favored the provisions of Obamacare that had been obscured by Republican demagoguery. As I put it back then: “One of the great ironies in the political controversy regarding Obamacare is that lots of folks who say they're against it also say they like its provisions — if you don't tell them that those provisions are part of the law at issue.”

And I wrote this:

The reality [is]  that while some Americans " including many who will benefit immensely from the law " remain opposed to the abstract specter of 'Obamacare,' they actually do support its core provisions.

Polling on the health law has consistently highlighted that paradox. A Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) tracking survey from March [2013] found skepticism about 'Obamacare' but widespread approval of actual Obamacare policies. Over 75 percent of respondents like the law's insurance subsidies; 80 percent favor the statewide insurance marketplaces; a staggering 88 percent approve of the small business tax credits to help pay for employees' health coverage.

But decidedly fewer Americans realize that these are all things the health law actually does.

Unfortunately, there's still a lot of confusion about this matter.   A poll conducted earlier this year showed that 35 percent of Americans don't know that the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare are the same thing.

Republicans generally are pleased by such misunderstandings. They've been sowing this kind of confusion for years. But their act is wearing thin, as they're discovering much to their embarrassment.