They aren't laughing any longer. In fact, any Republican with half a brain (which isn't many of them) should be able to see the writing on the wall: Obamacare is succeeding.
Republicans should have learned from history:
President Franklin D. Roosevelt faced heavy skepticism with his launch of Social Security in 1935-37. Turbulence also rocked subsequent key presidential initiatives, including Lyndon Johnson's rollout of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965, Richard Nixon's Supplemental Security Income program in 1974 and George W. Bush's Medicare prescription drugs program in 2006.
Yet these programs today are enormously popular with recipients.
The author of the website http://ACASignups.net has been tracking the number of people signing up for Obamacare since Day One and his numbers are staggering -- enrollment is soaring. According to these numbers, 5.75 million have signed up as of Christmas Eve 2013, between those who have enrolled in private plans and who have qualified for Medicaid.
Here's the latest ACASignup chart. Go the the website for a spreadsheet and updated chart.
The Republicans might want to re-think their plans to run against Obamacare in 2014 -- unless they want to take away medical insurance from several million voters who never before had medical insurance.