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Which is better – ACA or Obamacare?

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LOS ANGELES (WCIV) – When Jimmy Kimmel asked people on the street whether the favored the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare to fix the country's ailing health care system, he amassed a collection of people who did not know the two were the same.

"I think there's a lot of holes in it and it needs to be revamped," said one woman Monday.

One after another, people told Kimmel's street crew that the Affordable Care Act was the better law because, as one man said, "just the name says it all."

"I think it's more American because it allows people to make their own choices about what they want," said another person.

The four-minute segment shows what many pundits have opined for months, that the average American is confused by the law, its name, and what is required of them.

"I don't like anything that has to be forced for everybody to buy. It's just not good," said another respondent.

One man said he felt like the Affordable Care Act was not a socialist law, but Obamacare was.

The name confusion was recently underscored by a CNBC poll that found 46 percent of Americans surveyed opposed Obamacare while 37 percent opposed the Affordable Care Act – even though the two are the same.

Somehow, the confusion extended all the way to gun control. When one woman was asked if she thought Obamacare would eventually lead to gun prohibition, she said she thought it would.

On Tuesday, health care exchanges opened, allowing people to look into prices for insurance coverage. People without insurance are required to find coverage, and they have until a grace period runs out in March to find a coverage plan on their own or through the state exchanges.

People who already have insurance do not have to sign up, but they can compare coverage and prices to determine if it's cost-effective to switch plans.

Jimmy Kimmel can be seen on ABC News 4 at 11:35 p.m. every weeknight.

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