President Obama Not Only Used Republican Ideas, He Used Republican Bills To Create Obamacare
For his signature piece of legislation, Obamacare, President Obama took whole sections from other pieces of legislation. Not only legislation, but according to a study released last September, he used whole sections of legislation proposed by the Republican Party.
Before anyone gets shocked, realize that it is common on Capital Hill for passages of failed bills to be recycled into newer bills over the years.When the study went over the American Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the study found that a sizable portion was written by Republicans. Here is the final breakdown:
For the final bill, over 10% came from House Republicans, and almost 30% came from Senate Republicans. That brings the total GOP contribution to Obamacare to 38.5%, meaning that over a third of Obamacare was written by the Republican party.
And these bills came from older and older bills as well. The origin of many of the ideas, however, comes from the Health Equity and Access Reform Today Act of 1993, the Republican proposal based on the Heritage Foundation’s paper Assuring Affordable Health Care For All Americans, written in 1989. After studying it, the ancestry of the ACA is well documented.
Obamacare, Republican ideas brought to life.
This is, of course, just reuse of existing legal language. But it was not clear how much of Obamacare’s language came from the Republicans until now. The final law consists of huge portions of not only GOP ideas, but the actual words they wrote over the years. So when the GOP complains about Obamacare it is fine to remind them that they wrote over a third of it.