Which do you support: Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act?

The above is an inherently stupid question because Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same damned thing. Some people apparently don’t know this, but Jimmy Kimmel discovered that they won’t let that stop them from having an opinion about both things:

This is meant to be funny, but it reveals one of the reasons why political discourse is so fucked up in this country. Uninformed people willing to make arguments about things they know nothing about. You don’t have to pay too much attention to what’s going on to know that Obamacare is the nickname the Republicans use when talking about the Affordable Care Act because they know that a large part of their base will instantly dislike anything that is associated with Obama without need for a good reason. Just by slapping a different name on it you can get people to say they don’t like it even though it contains many provisions that they like and support. Granted they did manage to find one guy who thought Obamacare was better than the Affordable Care Act which shows that there’s uninformed idiots on both sides who will base their opinion on the name of a law rather than on what it actually says.

There is a difference between an opinion and an informed opinion. In an age with ready access to so much information literally at our fingertips there’s no good excuse for these people to be so clueless.

4 thoughts on “Which do you support: Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act?

  1. Pingback: "Just the name says it all!" | ***Dave Does the Blog

  2. More information isn’t always better.

    “The earth is flat” gets 10+ million hits on Google, for example.

    It’s way too easy to find the stuff you want to find, not what you need to know.
    The Internet is a giant cesspool of info-tainment and shared delusion.
    Even when they can, many people don’t want to apply critical thinking.

  3. It’s especially amusing that the affordable care act had it’s origins with conservatives, likely with the question “How do we get something kinda’ like socialized medicine without reducing the income of our masters?”.

  4. I was all for Obamacare until he changed it at the last minute from a single payer system to simply forcing everyone to buy insurance or pay a fine in your taxes (unless you’re part of a recognized religious sect with religious objections to socialism).

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