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.
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.