This makes sense. As more people come to understand what the Affordable Care Act will do for them, the more likely that the program will develop a strong constituency. This has already happened with the 26-year-old-and-unders, who get to stay on their parents’ insurance coverage (regardless if they are in college or not).
This is the real game for the Republicans, and why they’ve had their game face on, trying to repeal Obamacare 37 times! Once people know the benefits of universal insurance coverage, the overwhelmingly like the idea. The Republicans used histrionics in 2010 to try and defeat it—much the same strategy as had been used since 1948, with all the talk of “socialized medicine” and what have you. Then, in 2012, it was couched in the language of “they” “want free stuff” and “the 47% of takers”. That fell flat.
Now, they are faced with actually running against the reality, the details. And the Democrats are happy to be FOR, not AGAINST, universal coverage.