Liberal Robert Reich: Obamacare Was Republicans’ Idea

If the Obamacare rollout had been a success, the Dems would be gloating and saying, “See? I told ya so.” They’d be talking about how they had immense opposition from the racists in the tea party, but after a long fight, they were victorious. And now, thanks to their tenacity, everyone has access to free healthcare insurance, and everyone’s fitter, happier and more productive as a result.

That may have been their pipe dream, but that certainly didn’t come true. The rollout has been such a disaster, such a waste of money, that Congress is subpoenaing those who were involved with the administering of the rollout. We want to know what went wrong. Why was this rollout such a disaster? And what’s the deal with the website?

So now that it’s being acknowledged even by the Obama administration that this program has had sort of a rough intro (to put it mildly), it’s all of a sudden not the Democrats’ problem. They didn’t ask for this mess. This was after all the Republicans’ idea all along.

That’s what former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich espouses in a piece he entitled, “The Democrats’ Version of Health Insurance Would Have Been Cheaper, Simpler, and More Popular (So Why Did We Enact the Republican Version and Why are They So Upset?).” He wrote:

While Republicans plot new ways to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, it’s easy to forget that for years they’ve been arguing that any comprehensive health insurance system be designed exactly like the one that officially began October 1st, glitches and all.

For as many years Democrats tried to graft healthcare onto Social Security and Medicare, and pay for it through the payroll tax. But Republicans countered that any system must be based on private insurance and paid for with a combination of subsidies for low-income purchasers and a requirement that the younger and healthier sign up.

Not surprisingly, private health insurers cheered on the Republicans while doing whatever they could to block Democrats from creating a public insurance system…

When today’s Republicans rage against the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, it’s useful to recall this was their idea as well

So why are today’s Republicans so upset with an Act they designed and their patrons adore? Because it’s the signature achievement of the Obama administration.

Doesn’t it kind of remind you of quarreling children saying to the parent, “He started it!”

Yes, we all know that what the Dems really want is a single-payer system. But you can’t put this disaster on the GOP. They didn’t even vote for it. And it’s got Obama’s name all over it. Literally.

It was so good that we had to pass it to find out exactly what was in it. Pelosi said it would be “a liberation, a freedom.” They’re the ones who wanted it. They voted for it, their leader signed it into law, and the Supreme Court gave it a pass as well. It’s the “law of the land,” they keep telling us.

Oh, but not anymore. Since it’s been such a failure, they’re going to have to blame it on the Republicans.