It wasn't a serious bill. That's what I'm saying. It's called "throwing the dog a bone." The same thing is going on today with immigration reform. Republicans don't really want immigration reform. They are just putting on a show so when Democrats accuse them of being against immigrants, the Republicans have something they can defend themselves with.<quoted text>
I see, so when you said "Then why didn't it receive any support?" you really meant was "It wasn't supported by every Republican in the Senate." And a "serious" attempt is only one that succeeds and becomes law?
But I find it interesting what you are saying about the Republicans back in 1993 --- that when they were confronted with a serious Democratic healthcare proposal, they made up a response which was not really serious. So they were deceiving the public, and had no real interest in healthcare legislation? Was that Heritage Foundation plan on which it was based also just part of the scam?
More to the point, when you are confronted with hard evidence that you are wrong on a matter of historical fact do you ever just admit your error and move on? This all started with you denying that the healthcare mandate had Republican origins. I presented you with the Heritage Foundation document, and then you responded that nothing ever came of it. When presented with evidence of a Republican bill incorporating those ideas that had 19 Republican co-sponsors, you blow that off as not "serious" by some standard that only you understand.
This is how the game is played, and if you want to follow it, you have to learn what's BS and what isn't. Politicians will say one thing and do another. We've had representatives sponsor bills and then vote against their very own bill. Harry Weed comes to mind. Keep the liberals happy by getting a bill against guns, and then vote against it to keep other people happy and hope the MSM doesn't make a big deal out of it.
If Republicans were serious about national healthcare, they would have introduced a serious bill after they took leadership of Congress. They didn't. They soon realized that the public was totally against national healthcare.