SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, Americans may be just as divided as Congress. A new Quinnipiac University poll found 47 percent opposed it, and 45 percent of Americans were in favor. This week though, one of the late night talk shows did a segment asking people which they'd prefer: the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. Despite being the same thing, some of those interviewed went along with the trick question, giving a vague answer about why one is better than the other. A Longmeadow woman told 22News she knows the issues are important, but she also knows some people don't have time to pay attention.
“I pay attention but we all live in our own little bubbles and our own families and our own life we're moving through,” said Taryn Samol from Longmeadow.
“It is part of the culture and it is a problem. I think busy is part of it. Multi tasking is part of it. I think we've grown to do little bits of things-- you're texting while you're talking while you're driving,” said Dan Curtis from Holland.
Others told 22news they're not quite sure Americans pay attention until a shutdown-- when workers are furloughed and federal aid stops coming in.
“I think when things like this happen like the shutdown that's when people do start to research. That is sad but I don't know if it's easy enough for a lot of people to understand. Not everyone understands politics or the lingo that goes along with it,” said Dan Dunaisky from Longmeadow.
The shutdown is grabbing the attention of more than just federal workers and those who depend on government aid. Department of education furloughs could cut cash flow to school districts, and with nearly 70 percent of the CDC staff forced off the job.. the flu program is on hold just as the flu season is beginning.