Saturday, October 05, 2013
Essentially, the two existing universal health care plans, the Massachusetts Plan and Obamacare, are copies of or modifications of Senator Chafee's plan. Senator Chafee was a REPUBLICAN! Adopting his plan rather than a more liberal or socialistic plan of their own amounted to a great compromise by Democrats. Obama gave up supporting either a single-payor plan (like the plan in Canada) or the "public option" out of deference to Republicans. The Republicans got their own plan enacted.
The Republicans then churlishly labeled the resulting plan "Obamacare" and set about trying to trash it. Why? One explanation is that they deliberately labeled it as a creation of Obama and feared that public support of an Obama initiative would cost them public support and electoral success for a generation or more, just as Social Security had given the Democrats electoral success for twenty or thirty years. Why not, then, name the plan after Senator Chafee? Call it Chafeecare and claim credit for it.
Why not indeed? To me it's proof that Republicans are remarkably stupid.