The proponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have a number of talking points, the favorite of which seems to be that Obamacare is really a Republican idea. The purpose of this talking point is to create the illusion of bipartisanship and promote the idea that the GOP only wants to argue about its name.
The argument that follows the talking point is that the ACA is based on the GOP’s Romneycare. Let’s forget that Romney vetoed many parts of the legislation. Let’s forget that the legislation was broadly expanded by Romney’s Democratic successor. Let’s forget that Romney distanced himself from his own plan during the Republican primaries largely because the idea was unpopular with actual Republicans. Finally, let’s forget the struggles Romney had to get the nomination, introducing the question of whether he is truly reflective of the party.
Even if Romney were a bedrock Republican endorsed by all 50 states, the ACA is vastly different from what Romney actually proposed. The ACA is comprehensive coverage rather than catastrophic coverage. Romney opposed the employer-based insurance concept, whereas the ACA heavily encourages it with tax subsidies and penalizes those who do not comply. The penalties in the ACA are as much as 10 times as much as those in Romneycare. So the talking point that the ACA draws on Romneycare is very loosely defined.
Well, it goes farther back, based on the lib yapping I've seen, to 1989, when the Heritage Foundation actually did propose some some of individual mandate and then tossed it around while Hillary was trying to impose her version of healthcare "reform" on the country in 1993.
Consequently, the libs have taken to calling Obamacare the "Heritage" plan to try and throw some of its onus back on Conservatives.
Of course, the problem with any government run insurance program or loan program or any program is that eventually, the progressive whack-jobs are voted into office and transform it into the typical progressive fuster cluck.
I see what you mean...
Obama: "If you like your plan, you can keep it".
Jay Carney: "What the president said is true, and very loosely defined."