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Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Democrats: The more Americans learn, the more they love health-care reform

Congressional Democrats on Monday dismissed fresh polling data that suggest that most Americans want the Supreme Court to invalidate all or parts of the the 2010 health-care law, arguing that most people grow to support the law once they learn more about it.


Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) thinks Democratic candidates shouldn’t shy away from supporting health-care reform. (Jim Watson - AFP/Getty Images)
Speaking at the start of a two-week GOP effort that will include votes to repeal parts of the health-care law and three days of Supreme Court oral arguments on the constitutionality of the individual mandate, Democratic lawmakers also said they have the upper hand in the debate. Why? Because Democrats have worked to give Americans more health-care options, while Republicans are trying to take them away.

“The more they find out about it, the more they like it,” Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) insisted Monday, adding later that “Republicans are now trying to get rid of something, and we’re moving ahead, and people are beginning to feel the positive effects.”

“The Republicans have promised Repeal and Replace, and there has been no replacement,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.). “It’s been repeal and some voucher plan offered as a way to deal with Medicare and nothing for the rest of the population. So there is no replace.”

Matsui, Schakowsky and Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) spoke Monday on a conference call with reporters designed to counter the Republican campaign to revive doubts about the legislation. And it could be a very tough sell.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday found that most Americans want the Supreme Court to invalidate at least part of the 2010 law. One in four respondents said they hope the high court will strike down the law’s individual mandate and leave the rest of the law intact.

Despite those numbers, Becerra said Democratic candidates shouldn’t shy away from supporting the law.

“I don’t believe for a moment that if a candidate stands up and talks about increasing access to good doctors in a hospital that he won’t find himself in good stead with the voters,” Becerra said. “Anyone who believes that the Affordable Care Act is good has a good chance of being elected to office and should stand by that.”

Read more on the GOP’s plans to mark the two-year anniversary of the health-care law here, and read up on the new Post-ABC poll by clicking here.

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Further reading:

Fact Checker: Obama’s misleading account of his mother and her insurance dispute

Rick Santorum’s Puerto Rico sideshow

Paul Ryan’s dramatic budget preview

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