Clyburn on Obamacare: ‘We Fully Expect to Run on It, and We Expect to Win on It’

By Craig Millward | August 12, 2013 | 12:29 PM EDT

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) (AP)

( -- Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Democrats “will be running on Obamacare in 2014”  as an issue and that “we expect to win on it.”

On CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday,  Clyburn was asked by host Candy Crowley, “Do you think in the end that Obamacare is going to be a net plus, not ten years from now or five years from now, but next year when Democrats most need a healthy economy and an Obamacare that is working reasonably smoothly?”

Clyburn said,  “Absolutely, I believe that. The fact of the matter is we will be running on Obamacare in 2014. In fact, we set it up to run on it in 2014. All that you’re talking about now kicks in as of January 1, 2014. We will start doing the exchanges on October 1, 2013.”

He continued, “We fully expect to run on it, and we expect to win on it. The American people will be the winners and that's what my Republican colleagues are getting in these town hall meetings during the month of August. This is a big, big difference.”

Clyburn was later asked, “[I]s that not true that a major part of Obamacare was canceled for fear that what's going to happen is businesses will cut back and they will have part-time workers as opposed to full-time workers?”

Clyburn said,  “We are going to tweak this. It's a very complicated piece of legislation. We know that a lot of people who are in business do not understand the tax subsidies that come along with this and when they understand it, they see it as a big benefit. And we don't talk about the tax subsidies. We don't talk about the real good things about the bill.”

President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) into law on Mar. 23, 2010. (AP)

He added that Social Security and Medicare were “very, very unpopular” when first put in place.

The employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act requires all employers who employ 50 or more full-time workers to provide health insurance. The employer mandate was to go into effect on January 1, 2014 but last month was delayed, for large businesses, until January 1, 2015.

Small businesses still must comply with the mandate as must individual Americans.

Open enrollment in the health insurance marketplace begins on October 1, 2013.

As reported by, poll results show big majorities of Americans oppose Obamacare. A CBS News poll in July, for example, found that 54% of Americans oppose Obamacare, and a Fox News poll found that 53% of Americans would vote to repeal Obamacare if given the chance.