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Does public opinion of healthcare depend on the name?

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Most polls show Americans are confused about the upcoming healthcare changes, but some new polls say that whether or not you agree with the new law might depend on how you are asked about it.

Two studies—one by CNBC and one by Fox News—found that some people’s opinions differed when asked about the law by its official title, the Affordable Care Act, versus the less formal “Obamacare.”

“President Obama liked the name Obamacare and that seemed to be what people understood more than PPACA,” said Tyler insurance agent Kimberly Braly. “Really if you're not in insurance, who understands that?”

But according to the two different studies, it makes a difference.

CNBC found 46% of people opposed Obamacare, but when asked about the Affordable Care Act, that number dropped to 37%.

Fox News’ result was similar. While still low, only 14% of Republicans liked Obamacare, with 22% liking the Affordable Care Act.

“Everybody now kind of refers to it now as that to make people understand what you're talking about,” Braly said. “But I think it has a negative connotation as well.  If you're a Republican than not so much. If you're a Democrat you're for it.

The President suggested the exact idea in his speech on Thursday.

“Once it's  working really well, I guarantee you they will not call it Obamacare,” the President said.

Supporters also noted that estimates for the new plans all came in below expectations in terms of cost—including in Texas.

“We have not seen any rates,” Braly said. “That is a big actuarial formula that will make your eyes glaze over. Texas is fortunate that we do have a lot of availability of healthcare, in Tyler alone we have 3 hospitals you can go to and a lot of physicians.”

Name aside, a Presidential prediction.

“The fact is the Republicans biggest fear at this point is not if the ACA will fail,” President Obama said. What they are worried about is if it's going to succeed!”

Enrollment for the new healthcare plans begin October 1st, with all Americans required to have some sort of insurance coverage by January 1, 2014.

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