Apparently all is fair in war love and now politics. Republicans have used every angle possible to make the President seem radical. This adventure has led down some odd roads including attacking the use of E Pluribus Unum (click link to read more) by the White House.
There are many obvious problems with the "communist" label. For instance, the Affordable Care Act was upheld by Justice John Roberts who was appointed to the Supreme Court by President G.W. Bush. This would mean that by extension the Justice supports communism. To read more about Justice John Robert's decision click here.
More problematic to the "communist" narrative is that the individual mandate was a Republican idea. The Heritage Foundation first pitched it to H.W. Bush as a free market alternative to employee mandates or government single payer.
This is not meant to play the blame game. The last Republican President didn't exactly have an easy 8 year ride. Still, once the spin and hyperbole are stripped from conversation the real topic becomes implementation of an individual mandate.
Republicans sponsored and cosponsored numerous bills that included individual mandates. The "Health Equity and Access Reform Today Act" and "Consumer Choice Health Security Act" were two high profile pieces of legislation sponsored by Republicans that included an individual mandate.
This was not just a passing fad or bad idea. Party leaders from Bob Dole to Newt Gingrich supported the idea and Republicans in general were not opposed to it until 2009. Robert Bennet (R-UT) went so far as to say the sudden Republican opposition was politically motivated.
Perhaps the most obvious problem with the "communist" label is that the Affordable Care Act is not government insurance. Unlike some European countries that offer government insurance the Affordable Care Act created state and federal healthcare exchanges that allow people to shop for insurance. The idea is that competition will help lower rates to offset the cost of subsidizing insurance for those who cannot afford it. All of the insuring entities involves are private companies except for preexisting government insurance options such as Medicare or TRICARE.
Agree with the healthcare law or not it was ultimately a compromise of ideas that had been around since the late 1980's and is certainly NOT communist.