The next time a Republican, like Ted Cruz, promotes the idea that Obamacare is an economic train wreck you might laugh in their faces. Long before it became some Socialist plot to take over America it was the Republican alternative to the Public Option that Democrats promoted, back before they became the moderate wing of the Republican Party under Bill Clinton.
As Robert Reich pointed out, in 1974, it was Richard Nixon who promoted essentially what has become the Affordable Care Act. Thirty years later, Mitt Romney puts the Republican plan into action in Massachusetts. Right on down to the Individual Mandate what Republicans are attacking, even with House hearings on the glitches in the website in a non-stop effort to derail this policy, was all their idea in the first place.
In 1989, Stuart M. Butler of the Right Wing Heritage Foundation, proposed a plan that would mandate that all American households had to purchase insurance from private insurance companies. This added to Nixon's plan is the genesis of what today has become Obama's Affordable Care Act.
Today Butler is the Director of Policy Innovation at the Heritage Foundation. Other policies proposed by Butler is Welfare Reform, the Clinton sell out of Democratic Party Progressives for a budding Corporate fascism called Free Market economics. Butler is also a proponent of cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid under the pretense that these all are the major contributors to a non existent runaway budget deficit, actually caused by Right Wing Free market economic policies, such as tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
Butler also had a major hand in the school choice privatization movement that we now are finding out has little to do with education quality and a lot to do with corporate education companies laying their hands on millions in education dollars.
Today as the Right continues to pretend in hearings in Congress that they are protecting Americans jobs and small businesses from a Socialist night mare just remember where the Affordable Care Act came from. It is not and never was a Progressive idea let alone a Socialist one. If Progressives and Socialists had their way we would have had a simpler and cheaper public option essentially based on expanding Medicare.