Back in the early 1990's Bill Clinton proposed a single payer plan like every other country in the world uses. The right wingers went berserk and in response to this the Heritage Foundation developed their own healthcare plan. It was actually introduced as a bill in 1993. Bob Dole ran on this plan in 1996 and Mitt enacted it in Mass. in the early 2000′s.<quoted text>Rumor has it, they are the same insurance companies that wrote the law. It might not be a good idea to let the affected companies write laws pertaining to them. I'm sure you remember when pharmaceutical and insurance representatives were seen coming out of the closed door negotiations with an all Democratic panel. And even though they may have written a good portion of the law, it's still governments job to implement the system. You remember,'The buck stops here'. So I still think it's pride, stubborness and the inability to admit they're wrong, along with a good dose of incompetence, which makes Democrats keep trying to do this thing. The result we are seeing is what generally happens when anyone puts too many eggs in the wrong basket.
Obama and everybody else wanted a single payer plan this time around, but the teabaggers would have none of it. I thought it was a bad move, but Obama adopted the Heritage Foundation plan. Strangely the same people who developed the plan and ran on it for years suddenly did not like their own plan. Go figure.
Yes I do remember when the pharmaceutical industry met with President Bush and crafted the Medicare Part D plan. Unlike the ACA, Medicare Part D was not paid for. When it was passed in December 2003, the new Medicare drug benefit was forecast by the Bush administration to cost $395 billion over its first decade. Of course the true costs appear to be closer to $1.2T in the first 10 years.
It was a horrible plan. Unlike the ACA which is cutting costs in half, Bush actually agreed to pay retail for drugs even though Medicare is the single largest customer of the pharmaceutical industry. They actually buy billions of units at a time, but get no discount.
Although this unfunded plan is costing taxpayers a huge amount of money nobody on the right has an issue with it. As a matter of fact during one of the Republican debates last year they were asked if the law should be repealed or at least reworked and the candidates were unanimous in their support.
So there you have it. A Republican president has an unfunded plan and nobody has any issues, but when Obama presents a Republican plan it is the end of the world.