Layperson vs. The Expert: American Healthcare Edition

They also call it Obamacare. I believe it was started by Barack Obama
and then it's more related to insuring healthcare for everybody. I know what it is, I'm just thinking of the
best way to say what it is. The Affordable Care Act is an act passed
in 2010 that expanded healthcare coverage in the United States. The Affordable Care Act was introduced by
democrats under Barack Obama in 2009. It was signed into law in March 2010. It expanded access to millions and millions
of Americans, about 12-13 million through the Medicaid Program. To make healthcare more affordable for Americans
who can't necessarily afford it or who aren't covered by work or what not. Insurance companies are kind of like a monopoly
in the US and they are not available to everyone therefore millions of Americans were without
insurance so Obama decided to enact The Affordable Care Act to take care of that. The Obama Administration rather saw it necessary
to step in and make a program for everybody that would be more affordable and also accessible. The Obama administration and the more moderate
democrats they went from what was seen as a more moderate approach that had originated
with the conservative heritage foundation, and passed in Massachusetts by governor Mitt
Romney. And this idea was to kind of merge the idea
of public subsidies and rules along with government subsidies; this became the insurance exchanges
that are at the core, or at least one of the cores, of Obamacare. Um, people! Anyone who is in need of healthcare. Especially people with pre-existing conditions. The only people that really benefit from The
Affordable Care Act are people who actually already have health insurance through some
organization. I think a lot of people benefitted because
it added things. People were allowed to get birth control for
free and that kind of thing. It wasn't always necessarily available to
them previously. The main beneficiaries of The Affordable Care
Act are people who have low-income. There are now subsidies for lower middle class
and well into the middle class including families making almost $100,000 a year. All these folks have benefitted enormously
from The Affordable Care Act and so when the conversation moved to "Well, let's repeal
it", what we're generally looking at is shifting resources from those who have been sick, older
or middle and lower income people and moving back to younger folks and those who are more affluent.


  1. These people seem to have a basic understanding of Obamacare. As Poe Lou Chan said, ask a Republican voter what they think it is. I've heard some whoppers akin to it being designed to deny people access to healthcare. Amazing really.

  2. There are a several good answers to the question What is the Affordable Care Act? The laypersons answers are not awful; the expert's answer is not the be-all end-all answer either. The Heritage Foundation roots of the ACA doesn't define the ACA at all for me, so I viewed it more as an "ask him what time it is and he will tell you how to make a watch" answer. I got more from the laypersons combined. Since you prominently displayed a quote from the book: It's not that we don't know things, it's that we are proud of not knowing things, I was wondering if the seemingly normal and amiable interviewees knew that you would be implying they are proud of their ignorance in advance? The video would be better presented if you lose the quote and encourage people to give their answers more thought, so they can ultimately be more persuasive. Better yet, ask Republicans what Obamacare is – this will better illustrate the point Nichols is making in the book.

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