Obamacare: When did conservatives stop loving it?
Feb 02, 2017 10:38 PM EST
History for Obamacare and conservatives before and today is different.The so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in 2010, since then a lot of health care concerns were addressed and positive results were seen in the following years. The greatest and the most visible essence of this Act is that all citizens should be guaranteed universal access to affordable health care in the United States, the principle formed by the conservatives which eventually evolved as Obamacare.
Obamacare principle is conservatives' friend before. Yet, the conservatives consider it now as their best enemy. Conservatives which are now based on Republican Party attempted to collect the Act's setbacks so as to undermine it. Say for example, as has been wrote by Henry Blodget in the Business Insider, Republican say that Obamacare will destroy the economy. This will happen because businesses would likely to spend more on health care costs and compliance and, in some cases, by hiring part-time workers instead of full-time ones.
Another comment again by conservatives is that Obamacare mandate is unprecedented and unconstitutional as said by Heritage plan. But the most recent setback had just felt last year. Trump's opponent Hillary Clinton even used it as the pillar of her campaign. It was the rising costs of prescription drugs.
Trump as Republican member with the highest office in the Whitehouse said his plan for replacing most aspects of Obama's health-care law is all but finished. This was declared after many Republican expressed anxiety last month about the party's lack of a formal proposal as they held votes on repealing the law. The Party has obviously showed outrage to the Act.
With such various comments it would not be determined now what really is the most stable reason why Republican so eager to eliminate the law. As has been discussed by Robert I. Field in Philly, Heritage Foundation, which he said a conservative think-tank of republican policy development had supported much the principle that all citizens should be guaranteed universal access to affordable health care before. This principle had even come from its report.
Heritage started to propose this principle since 1989. A long list of Heritage manifestation of supports was noted such as the follow-up report made by Heritage in 1990, 20 congressional Republicans signed on to the legislation based on the Heritage approach in 1993, endorsement made by 25 prominent Republicans over the years since Heritage first laid out its plan, the Romneycare in 2006 which Heritage praised as "transformative" and its reiteration of support in 2007.
But also in 2007 the institution had pulled back totally its support. Just last week Heritage newsletter again displayed its opposition to Obamacare, calling for full repeal, because it relies on a "flawed framework."
Although reasons for withdrawing seem at times convincing but the time element when conservatives stop loving Obamacare is obvious, the same as has been concluded by Field it is more on partisanship rather than on ideology. As also said by Blodget, Republicans just hate what Obama likes.