You wonder what what happen if it were called Reagancare or Bushcare or Clintoncare or even, Lord Help us, Hillarycare. What if it were called anything but Obamacare?
But it is called Obamacare.
They hate it. The whole right wing crazy-sphere despises it. They would do anything to get rid of it. One suspects they'd light their own grandmothers on fire to get rid of it. Or their grandfathers. Or both. They are so apoplectic about something they call "socialism"...though, seriously, people who can't define the word shouldn't be allowed to use it...they are willing to shut the entire government down. They are willing to keep our soldiers from being paid, willing to keep Social Security checks from being issued...willing to inconvenience or harm millions of Americans...to press their case against giving millions of Americans access to affordable health insurance.
One wonders why this is. Indeed, most of the elements in the Affordable Care Act were originally Republican ideas. The law...and it would be well to remember that the Affordable Care Act is a law...was proposed, almost in its entirety, by the Heritage Foundation...one of the current law’s most vocal foes. In its early stages in Congress, the proposed law's greatest foes were Democrats who thought that, sans a public option at the very least, the law was incredibly weak, depended far too much on the insurance industry and gave up far too much to the healthcare industry. Sponsors expected lots of Republican votes for what was, essentially, a Republican bill.
Of course, they got not a single Republican vote.
It is true that Republicans, as a rule, don't really enjoy giving anybody anything. Just this past week, for example, the Republicans in the House voted to cut $40 billion from SNAP...the food stamp program. Apparently hungry children can't compete with, say, billions of dollars in farm subsidies to wealthy corporate farmers...most of whom are, coincidentally, Republicans and many of whom are members of the House of Representatives.
But the Affordable Care Act doesn't really give anything to anybody. It requires citizens to pay for their insurance. It's sole purpose is to give these citizens access to insurance they could afford to pay for...and to make it impossible for insurance companies to refuse to sell insurance to people they don't think they can make money from...those with pre-existing conditions, those who may have exceeded some arbitrary lifetime cap or any of a hundred other obstacles the insurance companies throw in the path of the uninsured.
Nor is it, as the crazies claim, a government takeover of healthcare. The only government involvement is helping the states set up the healthcare exchanges where people can buy their policies. The crazies really do know they're lying about this so we can't really count it as a reason that they oppose it.
Could it be...could it possibly be...the color of the skin of the man who proposed it, who championed it, who saw it passed? Could it be that the Republican Party truly is the party of racism in this country?
Could it be because President Obama is an African American?
Well, if only it were called Boehnercare.