Now, It’s Time to Talk About Obamacare


Many have criticized president Barack Obama in the political sphere for not devoting enough time to explaining and discussing the health care reform he championed since it was passed into law in March 2010. Even ardent supporters of the Affordable Care Act worried that reform fatigue had set it.

This criticism is a weighty one because there is clear evidence that a large number of Americans remains confused about the ramifications of the Affordable Care Act; Kaiser’s August health tracking poll revealed public opinion and public knowledge of the bill’s ramifications has remained generally unchanged when compared to previous polls conducted this year. Even though Obamacare-mandated insurance exchanges are scheduled to open for enrollment in approximately one month, roughly half the public — 51 percent — continues to say they don’t have enough information about Obamacare to understand how it will impact them and their family, a percentage that has been fairly steady since the law was passed in 2010.

Incidentally, October 1, the day the exchanges are scheduled to open for enrollment, is the beginning of the new fiscal year — the day that government funding ends.

Yet, the Obama administration has made a concerted effort in the past month to talk about Obamacare whenever possible, and since spring, the White House has strengthened its heath care team. After all, “making sure the Affordable Care Act is implemented well and and that the public perceives that it’s helping them has to be a top concern for the White House,” Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA and a founder of Enroll America, two organizations that promote the law, told Politico.