Many Americans Do Not Understand Obamacare

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Info on Healthcare Law Not Reaching Many Americans

The results of a new survey indicate that information about what the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is not reaching many Americans.

According to financial information site Bankrate, 47% of the uninsured Americans the firm surveyed do not know where to get information on how the Affordable Care Act will affect them.

Bankrate’s survey found that the opening of the ACA exchanges has raised curiosity about the law among 64% of those responding, so it’s vital that a better job be done in getting the information out.

It’s no secret that the government’s website has had massive problems during its rollout. While that site includes a lot of basic information about how the new law works, it thus far has not been reliable in terms of uptime and functionality. Fortunately there are other sources of basic information about how the ACA works: is a decidedly pro-Obamacare site, but it does give information – right on the front page — on the different ways that uninsured Americans can apply during the Open Enrollment Period of the law’s implementation. Finding out the alternatives to applying online is particularly useful since the official site is having problems.

The Kaiser Family Foundation has a wealth of information about the new law and its practical application, including handy calculators for determining subsidy levels based on family income.

Some news organizations are covering the law, and its rollout, in a thorough fashion. Check with the Washington Post for updates on what’s happening with the law, both in Washington and in the “real world.” The New York Times is also covering things reasonably well. Be careful, though: far too many media firms are concentrated on the drama and political theater surrounding the law, and are not fact-checking their information thoroughly.


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