This is purely cultural and partisan. The poor and working classes in this country will be much better off under this law. I don’t know if anyone has the audacity to claim otherwise. Poor minorities don’t necessarily know anything more about the law than poor white people, but they’re likely to assume it will help them. Obama passed it, after all, and they support him. But poor whites find it hard to believe that President Obama, for whom they harbor a deep cultural and partisan opposition, would do anything to really improve their lives. Because this law will make life better for poor and working class Americans and bring health insurance to over 30 million people, Republicans have difficulty arguing against it on the merits. Their only decent argument is that it’s unaffordable and, especially, that the medicaid expansion will place intolerable financial burdens on state governments. But that assumes a certain set of priorities. It assumes, at the federal level, that our military spending must be increased and remain at constant war levels, and that it is more important for the rich to have low taxes than for the poor to have health care. At the state and local level, it assumes that governments should go on making unsustainable commitments to public sector workers.