There is at least 50% of the US voting population that don't have a spotted hog's idea of what the ACA provides. And, I would guess, another 40% ...kinda understand it...a little bit...maybe. Is there any wonder why the public is so lukewarm about ACA? I'm in the 40% and I spend a lot of time on political web sites yet I would consider myself fairly ignorant on the subject. True, I could google up the entire act and 10 or 20 analysis of it – but I've got a life, as do most people.
How many can give a concise explanation of the act (I'm sure there are a modest number of Kossacks that can)? And Dkos folk are not in the low information segment of the population.
...more below the Kosquiggle
What this tells me is that the premier accomplishment of the President won't mean squat in November. Unless.......
The campaign has to take a tact outside the campaigning norm and take a page from Ross Perot's campaign playbook from 1992. Perot, a short, big eared creature with a raspy Texas twang bought a ½ hour block of TV time. In that ½ hour, armed only with a bunch of charts on an easel on an otherwise empty stage, he explained the economic state of the US. His ½ hour got spectacular ratings and, while he didn't gain a single electoral vote, he took enough of the popular votes from G.H.W. Bush that it put Bill Clinton in the WH.
President Obama, ranks up there with Clinton and JFK as an effective and persuasive speaker. With the wealth of graphic tools available since Perot did his bit coupled with Obama's oratory skill, a ½ hour of well scripted narrative and the best graphics could change the public perception of ACA in positive way (because they understand it). Anything would be better than the plethora of campaign drivel currently fouling my tee-vee. I'm in a swing state and the onslaught of audio/visual crap is epic.
It would be great to see a campaign production that actually educated the public.