I think the extension of health insurance to all Americans is a huge step forward. It will soon become as much a part of the fabric of American life as Social Security and Medicare. It will be hard to convince students in a few years that there was a time when we did not have universal health insurance.
It will also be hard to convince students, especially the Republican students, that Republican legislators all voted against universal health insurance. That the Republican Party ran three elections on trying to defeat and then overturn what they called Obamacare. The Tea Party is opposed to the Affordable Care Act beyond the point of reason sometimes. They shut down the government and were ready to bankrupt the country rather than let the uninsured have health insurance.
The Republican alliance with the Tea Party will, I think, be seen as a disastrous miscalculation, especially about Obamacare.
The Republican Party is strenuously, even frantically, opposed to Obamacare because they know it will be a success.