Can Obamacare Become as Untouchable as Medicare?

A student looks at an information sheet offered by a supporter of the Affordable Healthcare Act, at an education and awareness event on the law, also know as 'Obamacare,' on the campus of Santa Monica City College in Santa Monica, California October 10, 2013.
National Journal
Clara Ritger
Oct. 11, 2013, 5:11 a.m.

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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