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Think you know what’s in the Affordable Care Act? Try this quiz

The Affordable Care Act received the president's signature more than two years ago, yet many Americans are still confused about what's in the law.

Misinformation about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last week, continues to keep bubbling up on TV talk shows and Internet blogs, like a chronic case of bad heartburn.

As Eric Black has pointed out here at MinnPost, Rep. Michele Bachmann told a particularly big whopper when she stated in an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan on Tuesday night that the law will result in “many Americans” paying a 3.8 percent tax on the sale of their homes.

That statement is not true (Black does a great job of explaining why), but don’t expect facts and evidence to keep opponents of the ACA from continuing to circulate it. Indeed, just last month, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin resurrected her claim that the ACA will establish “death panels” — a statement that Politifact named “Lie of the Year” back in 2009.

Americans like most provisions

One thing is clear. Many Americans are confused about what’s actually in the law — and how it will affect their lives. In fact, polls have shown that although Americans overwhelmingly support most of the individual provisions in the ACA, they continue to be evenly divided about the law itself.

According to a post-Supreme-Court-ruling tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 41 percent of Americans hold favorable views and 41 percent hold unfavorable views about the law. A majority (56 percent), however, want efforts aimed at blocking the law to stop and the country to move on.

Test yourself

How much do you understand — or not understand — about the ACA’s key provisions? The Kaiser Foundation has set up a quick online quiz to help you answer that question. When you’re done taking it, you can compare how you did with other people in the country, as represented by the respondents to Kaiser’s tracking poll.

Let’s hope some of our politicians and TV pundits take the quiz, too.

You’ll find the quiz here.

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Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 07/06/2012 - 10:29 am.

    Blatent misinformation.

    “Will the health reform law cut benefits that were previously provided to all people on Medicare? No, the law will not do this. The law reduces payments to the privately administered Medicare Advantage plans, but they will still be required to provide all benefits that are covered by traditional Medicare.”

    Anyone of average intelligence can see the lie behind this statement.

    Medicare already doesn’t cover the cost of the care it mandates. It’s the single largest source of the “freeloaders” those of us carry with our larger insurance premiums.

    ObamaCare will fill the system with more people demanding services at costs that wont sustain it. The result will be something akin to what has evolved in Canada. Privately owned clinics that only accept patients with suplimentary insurance, or the wherewithal to pay out of pocket.

  2. Submitted by Lawrence Lockman on 07/06/2012 - 11:22 am.

    Link and quiz

    Found the link: it wasn’t highlighted.
    Also, my browser had blanks in the critical areas of the questions.

    Also, Chief Justice Roberts said it was a tax, not a fine. He should know.

  3. Submitted by Patrick Tice on 07/06/2012 - 01:58 pm.

    9 out of 10. Woohoo!

    It was hard to find the link. Elementary web design dictates that the word “here” is a poor choice for a link, because people who use assistive technology like screenreading software will hear the word “here” instead of “You’ll find the quiz here”… It is just as easy to do it right with Drupal as not, so file this away in your toolkit, MNPOST. As for the quiz itself, it brings to mind the one that tests knowledge of religions and finds that atheists score highest. It makes the heads of our conservative friends spin, but the fact is that their assertion that ‘Merica has the best healthcare system in the world just hasn’t got any basis in fact. We spend at least twice as much per capita on health care than is spent in countries with more effective systems, such as Japan, and with poorer results. No amount of blathering about how ObamaCare takes away your freedumz will change that, but if you have some actual ideas instead of Rush’s talking points, the rest of us are willing to listen. Please bear in mind that even you hard-working, God-fearing, highly-responsible, insured pillars of the community can still catch drug resistant TB from an uninsured service sector worker.

  4. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 07/06/2012 - 04:04 pm.

    And the alternative?

    Can’t speak to the link issue. I found the quiz via a link from an online magazine.

    As for “…Privately owned clinics that only accept patients with suplimentary [sic] insurance, or the wherewithal to pay out of pocket…” We have those kinds of clinics now, Mr. Swift, without the better outcomes and lesser cost that our northern neighbors enjoy. “Freeloader,” in an alternative universe, apparently means anyone not paying as much for their health insurance as is Mr. Swift. Always allowing for the possibility that I’m wrong, I don’t think that’s a widely-accepted definition of the term – outside the Swift household, at least.

    For a dozen years in Colorado, I had no health insurance at all, since an individual policy would have cost me the equivalent of a second house payment, something far, far, far beyond my means. I guess I was a freeloader then, though I saved for a year to pay for my own relatively minor cancer surgery and treatment. Of course, if you have the wherewithal to pay for serious medical care, health insurance itself is bothersome and unnecessary. People who finance a new wing on the hospital probably get VERY good care.

    Regardless, I’m inclined to go with Mr. Tice, who’s on a roll here. His last two sentences are spot-on.

  5. Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 07/06/2012 - 05:30 pm.

    I found the quiz easily, with the link. I also got ten out of ten questions correct on the quiz, putting me in the top .5% of Americans.

    From that vantage point, and as a Medicare subscriber in my retirement, I’ll say that Mr. Swift simply doesn’t have a clue about Medicare, freeloaders, or the ACA. He’s got a lot of learning to do.

    Of course, with my positive experience with Medicare, I think the U. S. should have single-payer universal health care, like Medicare for all. Until we get to that point, the ACA is a place to start.

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