As most of you probably know, last week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare” as my Republican friends know it.) was constitutional and shall be upheld as law. It seems everyone has a strong viewpoint one way or the other on the ruling, but how much do you actually know about the law? Well, here’s your chance to find out.
The Kaiser Family Foundation has published a basic 10 question quiz on what the law will and will not do. So before your next debate on the topic, take the quiz and make sure you at least have the basics right!
The test is relatively simple and straightforward, which is why I was shocked when I saw my results.
Less than 1/2 of 1% of people taking the test got all 10 questions right?! Things get more interesting if you read the analysis of the test results.
The parts I found most interesting was the fact that people who generally like the law and think they will be better off under it, know more about what the law actually does than those that oppose it. Maybe its just me, but I generally spend more time researching and becoming more informed on things I oppose so that I can at least prove I have a good reason for doing so. Apparently most people do not.
The success rates on the each question is even more telling.
55% of people responded that the law will allow the government to make end of life decisions for people on Medicaid. The “death-pannels” that opponents to the law so often speak of. (It will not.)
58% of responders believe that the law will assist undocumented illegal immigrants in receiving health care. I found this to be the most ridiculous questions they presented, so my mind was blown when I saw how many people got this wrong.
The two questions with the lowest percentage of correct answers were actually the two I had to think about the most as well. 73% of people thought that the law would create a government-run insurance plan, and 75% of people thought that the law would require ALL businesses to offer health insurance to their employees.
Looking at those results the thing I take issue with most, is that opponents to the law (in congress even) who decided the best strategy was to spread mis-information rather than work towards an effective compromise are succeeding in getting people to believe the false information. This does nothing to help foster healthy, intelligent debate among Americans and only sets us all back in the long run.
While I do support the Affordable Care Act, it’s also perfectly OK if you oppose it. Just be knowledgeable about what you oppose. For instance, the ACA isn’t the “largest tax hike in history” in fact, it doesn’t crack the top 10 largest that my parents have lived through to this point.
For more reading on what the Affordable Care Act means for you check out these links:
As always, feel free to share your results on the quiz, or your thoughts on the law in the comments section below!