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Poll: Will Obamacare Become Popular Once It’s Implemented?

Peter Bell, Alex Roarty and Michael Catalini
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Peter Bell Alex Roarty and Michael Catalini
Oct. 10, 2013, 5 p.m.

Do you think Obama­care will be­come more pop­u­lar once it’s im­ple­men­ted?


Yes: 98%
No: 2%


“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?


Yes: 20%
No: 80%


“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?”

… … … … … … … .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud

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