Obamacare Still Confuses People

MYTH

All employers have to provide health insurance plans

56% of small business owners believe this

REALITY

Obamacare’s employer mandate applies only to companies with at least 50 workers.

MYTH

The law is a “government takeover of health care,” as some ads claim

57% of people believe the law creates a public option — a health plan offered by the U.S. government

REALITY

There’s no public option. Millions of Americans without coverage will buy it from private health insurers.

MYTH

Obamacare “literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens,” as Michele Bachmann said in March

40% of people believe the law establishes death panels that decide when to pull the plug on Medicare patients

REALITY

A U.S. board can find savings through lower payments to private partners or eliminating fraud, but can’t cut benefits.

DATA: EHEALTH POLL, KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION MARCH 2013 POLL, CBO, HEALTH AFFAIRS, U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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