By Ben Geman - 03/25/12 02:22 PM EDT
Senior White House adviser David Plouffe predicted Sunday that Republicans will come to realize they made a big mistake by constantly calling the president's sweeping healthcare reform law “ObamaCare.”
“I am convinced that at the end of this decade, Republicans are going to regret turning this into ‘ObamaCare,’” he said on Fox News Sunday.
“Most of the law doesn’t take effect until 2014, but important parts are getting implemented right now. 2.5 million people between the ages of 21 and 26 have healthcare only because of this healthcare law,” Plouffe said, also citing prescription drug assistance for millions of seniors, and fairer financial treatment for women seeking preventive care like mammograms.
Plouffe’s comments come ahead of oral arguments over the constitutionality of the law before the Supreme Court that begin Monday.
“We are confident that it will be constitutional,” he said.
In another appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Plouffe also hit at GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, claiming that his healthcare reforms, instituted as governor of Massachusetts, were the blueprint for the Obama administration's law.
"Mitt Romney is the godfather of our healthcare plan," said Plouffe.
Romney has rebuffed suggestions that his Massachusetts healthcare plan will make it hard for him to draw contrasts with Obama in a general election fight, a claim his GOP rivals have made.
This story was updated at 2:25 p.m.