Do you think Obamacare will become more popular once it’s implemented?
DEMOCRATS (98 VOTES)
“We’ve got all the negatives, real and imagined, now. Experience will be our friend.”
“Most people save money, most companies save money; saving money makes a program popular.”
“Many more people will be helped than those that are hurt by the individual mandate.”
“Just like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicare Part D, the ACA will go from a scourge to a vital thread of the safety net.”
“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.”
“They won’t admit it, but even the R’s think so. That’s why they are fighting so hard to stop it.”
“Can it get less popular than it is now?”
“There are a lot of kinks, but like any project of this nature, it needs to get ironed out.”
“Ten years from now: ‘Government, keep your hands off my Obamacare.’ “
“Sen. Pat Moynihan reacted to the complicated ClintonCare proposal by saying he could have made this easier just by deleting the words ‘65 and over’ in the Medicare law. President Obama should have listened to the New York senator’s advice.”
“Newly covered folks will love it, but it will impact cost and availability for people who have it.”
Do you think Obamacare will become more popular once it’s implemented?
REPUBLICANS (100 VOTES)
“If the Democrats can create another full-blown redistribution program, a small but significant segment will tip from negative to positive.”
“It will have a rough start and will need changes, but once people get benefits they tend to like them.”
“The 85 percent already insured won’t like paying for it or any of the limitations.”
“Certainly not among healthy young people whose premiums will be double or triple what they would be without Obamacare.”
“Health care bureaucracies are unpopular everywhere, so why will this be different?”
“Many people do not realize that they will pay higher premiums or penalties. Others do not realize that they will pay higher deductibles or have to change doctors.”
“Reality does count. For the overwhelming number of Americans, the truth of fewer choices, higher premiums, and lost coverage will not be a good thing. The media may hate the truth, but it is the truth.”
“There is nothing ‘universal’ about Obamacare — the carve-outs for unions and Friends of Barack are scandalous. Republicans need to focus: It’s the waivers, stupid.”
“When the free health care everyone is promised has a price tag, well … “
“Once the premiums really start to rocket in year two, people will rebel.”
“Wait until these folks start having to pay $5,000 deductiblesout of pocket that they didn’t realize they were agreeing to.”
“When is anybody happy paying more?”
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