Originally Posted by Mr. Flopnuts
You're right, however this whole thing is a ****ing abortion. Obama caved on the single most important piece to make this a functioning, successful endeavor. The single payer system. He had an opportunity, squandered it, and is now back peddling on it for the sake of his party. Business as usual in Washington. **** every last one of them. (Legally of course dear NSA spy overlord)
Obama didn't cave on shit -- he never campaigned on single payer.
Single payer is put up for a vote in the HELP committee in every single Congress, and can't even get double-digits to vote in favor of it.
Obama adopted a relatively successful healthcare scheme that Romney implemented in Massachussetts, and that Republicans had been clamoring for since the 1990s.
At that exact moment, of course, the GOP reversed course and decided that the Heritage Foundation's ideas for healthcare in the 90s was all of a sudden terrible (except not terrible enough to prevent Romney himself from representing their party in 2012?).
With zero Republican support, the Democrats had to turn to about everybody else to help get this thing passed. That means a shit ton of interest groups, including AARP, AMA, and the chamber of commerce. And the chamber of commerce wanted this very provision that's now getting delayed, because what the Democrats actually
wanted would have affected more businesses than they preferred.
Under normal circumstances, this is not a big deal. This is how the sausage gets made. Make your compromises now, and fix the law later.
The problem, of course, is that the GOP doesn't want the law to get improved. So here we are.