Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Republican Roots of ObamaCare

Back in the heady days of the 1990s when vilifying single moms passed for a national welfare reform debate, I used to study abhorrent policy ideas over at a conservative non think tank called the Heritage Foundation. If it was good for privileged white guys who had wives at home, the Heritage Foundation gushed a glowing masculine stamp of approval.

If it was about wild womanly ideas like childcare and higher education subsidies for single and/or poor moms, the Heritage Foundation condemned poor women as irresponsible unfit moms who by their very nature attracted crime to the neighborhood and were pretty well the cause of all the social ills of society.

I knew there was a familiar foul smell about Obama's health reform plan:

Brad Delong:

It has been a long slog, since those days in the early 1990s when right-wing policy analysts proposed an individual mandate to purchase health coverage as a respectable, market-oriented, responsibility-based alternative to either government-provided health care (the nanny state) or mandated employer-provided health care (the boss state). In November, 2004, Republican Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts followed through on that conservative proposal, and in April, 2006 he signed into Massachusetts law a health reform plan based on it. . .

The conservative DNA of ObamaCare is hardly a secret. "The Obama plan has a broad family resemblance to Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts plan,” Frum wrote. “It builds on ideas developed at the Heritage Foundation in the early 1990s that formed the basis for Republican counter-proposals to Clintoncare in 1993-1994."