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Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 05:15 pm

A little knowledge . . . No. 11 in a series

From Upshot, we get this report of a new public opinion survey of a national sample of 1,890 adults about “Obamacare,” or the Affordable Care Act.

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). People most likely to be affected by repeal are most likely to be confused.

Approximately 45 percent did not know that the Republicans have promised to repeal the A.C.A.

 Only 61 percent of adults knew that many people would lose coverage through Medicaid or subsidies for private health insurance if the A.C.A. were repealed and no replacement enacted.

When the fixed opinions of a people in a self-governing republic derive from  policies and programs that don’t exist, they are lost.

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