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Poll: 74 Percent of Republicans Like Obamacare

President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address on Tuesday evening.
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The road towards Obamacare was fraught with landmines. Remember those filibusters, town hall meetings and all of that talk about death panels? A lot of that criticism came from the right wing before the law had even passed. A lot more came down the pike after it passed as well — in fact, Republicans took their beef all the way to the Supreme Court before the High Court ruled Obamacare the law of the land. Now that we’ve had the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on the books for more than four years now, what does the right wing think of their precious federal healthcare plan now?

As it turns out, they like it — and they like it a lot! On Thursday, MSNBC.com reported the results of a poll conducted by research firm Commonwealth Fund. The poll shows that a whopping 74 percent of newly insured Republicans like their plans. What’s more, the data shows that 73 percent of those who bought health plans and 87 percent of the people who registered for Medicaid said they were “somewhat” or “very satisfied” with their new coverage. And if you think this is a recent development, consider the fact that 77 percent of those who had insurance before last October’s official rollout were content with their coverage.

MSNBC.com also reports that the percentage of adults under the age of 65 without health insurance dropped some five points — from 20 to 15 percent — since the Affordable Care Act officially came into being in January. Does this mean we can stop talking about death panels now?