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The New Jersey Life Sciences Vendors Alliance (NJLSVA) is a coalition of businesses, individuals and academia who provide goods and services to New Jersey’s life sciences companies.

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Poll: One-Third Americans Don’t Know Obamacare and Affordable Care Act Are the Same

Washington, DC, February 9, 2017 — By Kyle Dropp and Brendan Nyhan write in The New York Times’ Upshot that a sizable minority of Americans don’t understand that Obamacare is just another name for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

This finding, from a poll by Morning Consult, illustrates the extent of public confusion over a health law that President Trump and Republicans in Congress hope to repeal.

In the survey, 35 percent of respondents said either they thought Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act were different policies (17 percent) or didn’t know if they were the same or different (18 percent).

This confusion was more pronounced among people 18 to 29 and those who earn less than $50,000 — two groups that could be significantly affected by repeal.

Among Republicans, a higher percentage (72 percent) said they knew Obamacare and the ACA were the same, which may reflect the party’s longstanding hostility to the law.

When respondents were asked what would happen if Obamacare were repealed, even more people were stumped.  Approximately 45 percent did not know that the ACA would be repealed.  Twelve percent of Americans said the ACA would not be repealed, and 32 percent said they didn’t know.

The survey was conducted by Morning Consult on Jan. 25 and 26 among a national sample of 1,890 adults.

Interviews were conducted online, and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of adults based on age, race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment and region. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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