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Can Obamacare Become as Untouchable as Medicare?

A student looks over an information sheet offered by a supporter of the Affordable Care Act on the campus of Santa Monica City College in California.(Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

photo of Clara Ritger
October 11, 2013

Whether Obamacare will be popular once it is fully implemented depends on which party you ask.

In a survey of National Journal's Political Insiders, 98 percent of Democrats thought the president's signature health care law would get more popular once it becomes operational—but 80 percent of Republicans disagreed.

"If you have never had insurance for you and your family or had a preexisting condition and couldn't get coverage, it will be very popular," wrote one Democratic responder.

 

Other Democrats said it would establish roots in society the way entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare have.

"Ten years from now: 'Government, keep your hands off my Obamacare,' " wrote one.

But Republican responders expressed doubt that the Affordable Care Act would live up to its name.

"Wait until these folks start having to pay $5,000 deductibles out of pocket that they didn't realize they were agreeing to," wrote one Republican responder.

"When the free health care everyone is promised has a price tag, well ... ," another agreed.

The survey, conducted Oct. 7 through Oct. 9, polled 98 Democratic and 100 Republican Political Insiders.

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