Much has been in the news about Republicans' hopes to undo the new health law; incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has said a "call for a full repeal" of the bill "will be one of the first things we will do." But an NPR story this morning reports that this won't be an easy task, especially once pieces of the law go into effect:
...Drew Altman, president of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, says the next couple of years will represent a race of sorts between the people who want to get the law implemented and those who want to see it repealed.
"Because the benefits of the law are largely popular," he says. "And once the insurance reforms and the tax credits and all the benefits of the legislation are in place - and benefiting not just the 30 million people who directly get a Medicaid expansion or a tax subsidy, but also their family members and their friends who see the benefits of the law - then it's going to be much harder for the critics of the law to roll it back."