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Here’s Why Obamacare Will Help Democrats and Hurt Republicans

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) talks with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear on Dec. 5, 2013 in Washington, DC
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) talks with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear on Dec. 5, 2013 in Washington, DCPhotograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A number of smart liberals have been arguing lately that, despite the unexpected recovery and success of Obamacare’s enrollment numbers, Democrats shouldn’t count on the Affordable Care Act to provide a big boost for them come Election Day. As Bloomberg View’s Jonathan Bernstein pointed out, most people are optimists who don’t expect to lose their jobs and find themselves in need of the law’s guarantee of access to affordable insurance, so they probably don’t value it much (yet).

Others have noted that many of the people who interact positively with Obamacare will never recognize it as such because they’ll have gotten their insurance through a state exchange, which will be called something different—in Kentucky, to cite one successful example, it’s called Kynect. Polls routinely show that these state plans are more popular than “Obamacare,” even though they’re the same thing.