GOP Did Contribute To Obamacare, Study Finds – Turns Out They Wrote A Large Portion

Author: November 10, 2013 12:16 am
Rand Paul Not The Only Plagiarist - Turns Out Obama Stole Huge Sections Of Republican Bills For Obamacare

Newt Gingrich, discussing the HEART Act of 1993, the Republican healthcare proposal. If he only knew then that it would be made law, by a Democratic president.

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:
ACA_Percentage in Obamacare
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.

How the bills which flowed into Obamacare:
Obamacare Bill Progress

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.

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2 Comments

  • The modern Congressional GOP — Greedy, Obstructionistic, and Petty — has degenerated into a tea-chugging coven whose legislative goals can be described in two words:
    political contrarianism

    To wit, if the POTUS is for “it”, then conservatives will be vehemently against “it”, no matter what “it” happens to be … even if “it” is a program or policy position that they once championed.

  • Only when it might have made Obama look good, did it become evil.

    So, the messenger is more important than the message.

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