Dan Holler

“There's a very simple reason why the President and his fellow Democrats do not want to delay this bill for another year, and that is in January, subsidies for purchase of insurance kick in for a great many people. And the belief is based on much history, that once the subsidies begin to be provided and start flowing to people, they will like them. People tend to feel that way about money coming their way.”

On this point, the left-wing Americans United for Change agrees, saying “One thing is inevitable: once more and more people personally see the benefits of the law the harder it will be for the benefits to be taken away.”

The entitlement nature of Obamacare isn’t relegated to just the exchange subsidies, though. States that accepted the Medicaid expansion will also receive significant federal funds over the next few years. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Obamacare’s entitlements will cost taxpayers $48 billion in 2014—and nearly $1.8 trillion through 2023.

That’s a lot of money, which is why Hume concluded “that once a government benefit like that begins to flow, history shows that it is very hard ever to reverse that.” Proponents of Obamacare are counting on it, which is why conservatives are “hell bent” on defunding the law now.

Dan Holler

Dan Holler is the Communications Director for Heritage Action for America. Previously, he held numerous positions at The Heritage Foundation, most recently he was the Senate Relations Deputy. A Maryland native, he is a graduate of Washington College.