I think there are about 20-25 people that are directly responsible for dragging Obamacare over the finish line. First, there were about 2-3 democrat senators that were arm twisted into supporting the bill on Cristmas eve 2009. The chief of them was Ben Nelson with the infamous “Cornhusker kickback”. Fast forward to March 2010 where the 15-17 “Stupack Democrats,” the elligidly pro-life democrats held out their votes in the House until they allowed to be lied to / bought off for their votes to pass the bill in the House. Finally, in the legal challenges, you had the final 7 votes (2 in the appellate and 5 in the SC) to rule it constitutional.
Hence, you only have about 20-25 people that are directly responsible and their decisions were done in back room deals and arm twisting. This despite poll after poll after poll, showing obamacare never being popular and loosing by strong margins. The public does not want Obamacare.
Despite the SC ruling, I am very confident that republican majorities will win the Senate and increase its margin in the House as well as the WH. There will be a double mandate this November. The economy and Obamacare. Unlike the political arm twisting I mentioned above, the public will finally get to vote on if they really want this thing.
Olympia Snow agreed to let it out of committee so it could be brought to the senate floor for the vote.