We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Now, Medicare popularity did improve after it passed. On the other hand, it wasn't passed despite terrible polling, with a controversial process, by a political party that was tanking in popularity thanks to a grinding recession.
Nor was Medicare partisan.
Summary of Party Affiliation on Medicare Vote 1965
Major social legislation, be it Medicare in 1965 or Social Security in 1935, has been passed once consensus had been achieved. Consensus involves making a case persuasive enough to garner bipartisan support. That explains both why fundamental change comes about slowly in our country and also why, when it does come about, it has an opportunity to be successful. That Obamacare will pass, if it does, on a purely partisan basis ought lead its proponents to wonder whether its passage is enough to ensure its success. This will be a potentially dangerous period. We do not know what major social reform initiated without bipartisan consensus achieves. It looks like we may find out.