Said rhetorical question: So What Was The Point of Obamacare Again?
Well, the point of Obamacare was to prove, once and for all, that the Democrats had made a mistake in not passing Hillarycare in the 1990s. The Democrats spent the next twelve years telling each other that the real reason why they lost the House in 1994 – an event that some of them still haven’t gotten over, by the way – was because they didn’t pass Clinton’s health care legislation. They knew that this was the reason for all of their problems. Science had proved it. So of course they went back for another bite of the apple, once they had the requisite super-majorities in Congress to pass something.
…And then, of course, the Democrats got gutted like a river trout in the 2010 elections. Because it turned out that, no, the Democrats didn’t lose in 1994 because of health care. They lost because the populace finally worked out that, absent a Cold War to keep them focused on external reality, the Democratic party was just going to spiral inward while pursuing a bunch of domestic policies that, by and large, do not work*. As that party has, in fact, continued to do to this very day.
Latest example? Why, Obamacare…
*I am sure that plenty of websites will be happy to tell you all about why Republican policies do not work. Feel free to read those sites, of course.