David Plouffe: Republicans Will One Day “Regret” Branding Health Care Reform “Obamacare”
Senior White House adviser David Plouffe says Republicans will rue the day they defined health care reform as “Obamacare.”
“You’ve seen jurists appointed by both Democrats and Republicans in lower courts that uphold this law. Two very important conservative jurists offering very strong opinions. We’re confident it will be [held] constitutional,” Plouffe said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“And our focus right now, obviously, there’s going to be a process play out this week, and the Supreme Court will deliberate. We’re going to continue to make sure we implement this law smartly and that we inform people of the benefits that are available to them.”
Plouffe suggested that the Republican moniker for the health care overhaul – “Obamacare” – will hurt the party in the end, the implication being that the law will be upheld and eventually become widely popular.
“I’m convinced at the end of the decade, the Republicans are going to regret turning this [into] ‘Obamacare,'” he said. “Most of the law doesn’t take effect until 2014. But important parts are getting implemented right now. Two and half million people between the ages of 21 and 26 have health care only because of the health care law. Over 5 million seniors are getting over $600 in prescriptions drug relief.
“So for people who are experiencing it – and it’s a small portion of the population right now – I think they are seeing it quite differently than was advertised [by the Republicans],” Plouffe added.