I’ll have a longer piece about Michael Moore’s op-ed on the ACA forthcoming. But I did want to identify a crucial trick used by people advancing the erroneous argument that the ACA was really a Republican proposal. The bait:
What we now call Obamacare was conceived at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank
And the switch:
and birthed in Massachusetts by Mitt Romney, then the governor.
The Heritage Plan legitimately reflects Republican priorities on health care, and consequentially is a horrible policy proposal, but it’s radically different from the ACA. The plan passed by massive supermajorities of Massachusetts Democrats over 8 Mitt Romney vetoes is reasonably similar to the ACA, but this is neither here nor there as an argument that the ACA is a bad law. (Indeed, the fact that something similar to the ACA was passed in a much more favorable political context makes the argument that we could have had European-style health care but Barack Obama didn’t. even. try! even sillier than it already is.)
The fact that the argument that the ACA is really the Heritage Plan requires conflating it with a plan that’s vastly different tells you all you need to know. And people who attack Obama for his excessive faith in bipartisanship should really stop pretending that the Republican Party has any offer to the uninsured other than “nothing.”