Lessons for Political Scientists

One of the most remarkable things about the Affordable Care Act is how little support there is among all the people who are supposed to benefit. We have gone through two national elections without any visible voting bloc of beneficiaries offering their support to candidates.

“Virtually no one who is uninsured understand[s] how health reform will affect their lives,” Ron Pollack, who chairs Enroll America’s board, told me after the focus groups. “While some focus group participants have heard the term ObamaCare, literally none of them have an inkling about whether, and how, their lives will be affected.”

Sarah Kliff at the Ezra Klein blog.

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  1. seyyed says:

    this had to be expected by lawmakers when the affordable care act was signed. It will take a while to educate millions of people about the law and what responsibilities they have but it seems like these nonprofits are a step in the right direction.

  2. Laura says:

    This goes to show how uneducated and misinformed people are about what’s already going on around them. People just make decisions based on things they have heard or seen somewhere, but there’s no foundation to this “knowledge.” This is what the government intends to do and, unless people start changing this pattern and learn more about what they actually don’t know, then nothing will get better.

  3. Slater says:

    People dont know what Obamacare is because thats exactly what congress wanted. There are reports that come out every week as a result of that 2,000 page bill of things that will happen but are just being discovered.

  4. Cindy says:

    It just seems like so much of this law has been put off — in some cases because it was a set of unfunded mandates and in others because there was thought to be a good chance of court repeal or, if Romney won, partial rollback.

    Now that people are waking up to the fact that it’s not going away, the predictable “oh no we never prepared for this” machinations are underway. Regardless of how you feel about the bill, it seems that we should really be asking why so many people were effectively not doing their homework in hopes there would be a snow day.

    Do the homework anyway — the snow day is just a bonus.

  5. Studebaker says:

    This is the time to repeal it before it (along with Medicaid and Medicare) bankrupts the country.

  6. Buster says:

    It’s just amazing how much political capital was expended to push through the PPACA. Considering what was involved, it’s just amazing that nobody seems to care. Two thoughts come to mind. 1) What were they thinking? How bad must your political intelligence be to spend that much effort on a battle for people who don’t want to be liberated; 2) The effort was never about what people wanted; rather it was about what a bunch of Busybodies wanted everyone else to have.

  7. Afton says:

    Some people are ignorant and some are irrational. Surprise.

  8. Thomas says:

    Both a tax increase and an underfunded program. At a time like this. Unimaginable.

  9. Kyle says:

    Seyyed, I’d go beyond saying it was expected; more like they depended on it.