Misinformation in our country is a really huge problem. Between fake news and voters not informing themselves of politician’s actual policies, the information problem in America is approaching an information catastrophe.
For example, roughly 56% of Americans say they disapprove of Obamacare (aka the Affordable Care Act), but Americans tend to be in favor of the law’s various component parts when they aren’t labeled explicitly as “Obamacare”. That is to say, people don’t like the Obamacare brand, but they actually like most of its policy quite a bit.
An example of this “gap” between the unpopular brand and popular policy is this gentleman on Facebook. He makes a post boasting about how Obamacare will soon be repealed and how that will make for a ~great~ 2017.
How the comments of his post develop, however, reveals a very inconvenient truth:
The conversation was originally reported by journalist Helen Kennedy on Twitter:
As it turns out, this man thought there was a difference between Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act! He isn’t the only one either:
Jimmy Kimmel asked random people on the street what their respective opinions where of Obamacare vs. the Affordable Care Act, and tons of people apparently thought they were different.
It’s a shame that the election was perhaps decided by vast swaths of people who have absolutely no clue about public policy.