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Gallup: What's in a Name? Affordable Care Act vs. Obamacare (Support tanks when called Obamacare)
Gallup ^ | November 21, 2013

Posted on 11/21/2013 2:57:32 PM PST by Zakeet

It's a truism in politics that labels matter. When President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in the Senate and House passed healthcare reform legislation in 2010, they developed an official name for the law that they thought would convey the positive benefits of the bill: "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." That name has often been shortened to "Affordable Care Act" in the years since its passage, but the bill has also come to be known as "Obamacare," a name frequently used by Obama himself. Others simply call it the healthcare law.

The political news site Politico called our attention to the importance of these labels in a story on Tuesday reporting that the Obama administration has shifted to a sole focus on the label “Affordable Care Act.” Politico notes that, “The president didn’t say 'Obamacare' once during his nearly hour-long news conference last week, while he referred to the 'Affordable Care Act' a dozen times.”

It is likely that White House strategists developed the new approach -- perhaps based on internal polling -- under the assumption that the more formal name “Affordable Care Act” would help in the current toxic environment of the negative publicity associated with the troubled rollout of the healthcare exchanges. Additionally, The White House may think that, at this juncture, it is best not to directly reinforce Obama's association with the law.

New Gallup research helps shed light on this issue. We have just completed an experimental test of four different ways to label the healthcare law.

(Excerpt) Read more at pollingmatters.gallup.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gallup; healthcare; obama; obamacare; obamacarepolls; obamacarevsaca

The Idiot is becoming more toxic ... each and every day!

1 posted on 11/21/2013 2:57:32 PM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

DUCA - Democrat Unaffordable Care Act


2 posted on 11/21/2013 2:59:59 PM PST by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - shall not be questioned)
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To: ConservativeInPA

a.k.a DhimmiCare.


3 posted on 11/21/2013 3:02:34 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: Zakeet

The poll shows that 5-7% of Americans are really stupid. I’m actually surprised it’s that low.


4 posted on 11/21/2013 3:02:54 PM PST by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: Zakeet

There are 7% that love the Affordable Care Act but hate Obamacare.


5 posted on 11/21/2013 3:04:05 PM PST by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: JediJones

Ten percent of ANY relatively large group of human beings never get the word.

This statistic cuts across all ethnic, educational, religious, and gender bounds. They are the quintessential low-information voters (the lowest of the low, actually), who by their very presence, tends to depress the dissemination of information in the greater cohort. So there is a sort of multiplier effect here if the flow of information is interrupted or reduced in some way.


6 posted on 11/21/2013 3:09:31 PM PST by alloysteel (The Internet, a most exquisite system by which to confound and muddle any reasonable dialogue.)
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To: Zakeet
WE have always called it Obamacare.

The leftists always refer to it as the Affordable Care Act.

Score One for We the People!

7 posted on 11/21/2013 3:11:00 PM PST by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: 353FMG

A.K.A. EdselCare


8 posted on 11/21/2013 3:13:43 PM PST by Mark (DONATE to FR Now!)
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To: Zakeet

We need a montage of Obama and prominent Dems using the term Obamacare. Just like the one of him saying people could keep their plans, 30+ times.


9 posted on 11/21/2013 3:14:30 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: Zakeet
wonder how they' like this then...

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10 posted on 11/21/2013 3:15:52 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Zakeet

Obama may not have built that, but he owns it now.


11 posted on 11/21/2013 3:16:52 PM PST by Hugin ( More firepower1)
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To: Zakeet

Obama was the one calling it Obamacare until it tanked.


12 posted on 11/21/2013 3:17:28 PM PST by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Zakeet

I noticed this myself a couple of weeks ago and started to write a vanity post on the fact that labels and words matter.

Another NO-NO for Republicans should be the use of ‘single-payer’ instead of government insurance program or something that identifies what you are talking about.

Mention ‘single payer’ to 90% of the population and their eyes will glaze over. It is only policy wonks and Dems who want to use ‘single payer’ to obfuscate the issue.


13 posted on 11/21/2013 3:23:18 PM PST by wildbill
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To: Zakeet

Republicans need to start pairing “ObamaCare” with “Affordable Care Act”, pointing out that the misnomer is a triple lie - it is not affordable, it interferes with medical care, and it was not passed properly in Congress. We need to make the ACA misnomer as toxic as the already discredited ObamaCare descriptor.


14 posted on 11/21/2013 3:23:46 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Zakeet

Call it RobertsCare. He saved it, he owns it.


15 posted on 11/21/2013 3:26:04 PM PST by MUDDOG
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To: Zakeet
First of all, whether it is euphemistically called "Obamacare" or "Affordable Care Act," it has nothing to do with "care."

It has to do with "redistributing" the paycheck earnings of millions of Americans from things they want to purchase to things arrogant and busybody politicians want to purchase--things like votes and power for themselves and their cronies.

Second, of all, it is not "affordable" in any sense of the word for any hard-working American who treasures individual freedom and the right to use his/her earnings.

Third, it was an "Act" rammed through in the middle of the night by one Party and its cooperating and coerced members, and signed by a would-be "king" whose edicts rival those of King George III (read the l776 Declaration of Independence in order to compare).

16 posted on 11/21/2013 3:36:39 PM PST by loveliberty2
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To: Zakeet
Zerocare
17 posted on 11/21/2013 3:57:39 PM PST by vigilante2 (Re-elect nobody)
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To: Slyfox

The dems wanted it to be known as obamacare because they want their king held in the highest esteem. Even Obama, in the debate with Romney, said he liked that it was called obamacare. Now they’re running like hell from it.

This reminds me of 1980. It was hard to find anyone who voted for Carter in 1976.


18 posted on 11/21/2013 4:33:28 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: loveliberty2

Good point.


19 posted on 11/21/2013 4:38:16 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Zakeet

I’m not sure who is more stupid: the people who support Obamacare, or the people who change their opinion of the law depending on what you call it.


20 posted on 11/21/2013 5:03:23 PM PST by arista
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To: Zakeet
Gallup: What's in a Name? Affordable Care Act vs. Obamacare (Support tanks when called Obamacare)...hilarious montage of clips on Fox tonight showing Obama, Pelosi, and even Romney referring to it as "Obamacare" months ago (Obama even retorts to Romney that he likes the name) - then suddenly switching to "Affordable Care Act" in mentioning it recently with Pelosi saying for example "The Affordable Care Act is what we called it" - they must have seen the poll....
21 posted on 11/21/2013 9:29:11 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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