Yes! The “Affordable Care Act” is the same as “ObamaCare”. There is no difference and they are interchangeable terms.
The ACA is the official name of the law but “ObamaCare” is what many Americans are calling it because it is so closely tied to President Obama. In fact, the President himself has called it ObamaCare on several occasions.
Recent polls show that many people are confused about the two terms and are not aware that they are the same thing. People tend to have a much more positive view of the Affordable Care Act than they do ObamaCare and NPR has even told its reporters to use the “ObamaCare” term as little as possible.
Why are people confused about the two terms? There are several reasons, one of them being that most people just don’t have the time to keep up on politics and what is happening day to day in Washington. It is astounding that a very high percentage of Americans have no idea what ObamaCare or the Affordable Care Act are. They might have briefly heard about them but know very little other than that.
Another reason why people ask whether ObamaCare is the same thing as the Affordable Care Act is that health care itself is very complicated and confusing. Our medical system of premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and all the other things a person has to deal with when going to the doctor or a hospital is beyond the comprehension of many ordinary people. Why isn’t there just a rate chart that tells you how much things cost when you see a doctor?
Neither of these two terms make anything clearer and it is difficult to understand that there is really no difference unless you are the type of person that pays attention to that type of thing. Right now though, all you need to know is that you need to have health insurance by January 1, 2014 or you will have to pay a penalty to the IRS next year.