Op-Ed from the Chicago Tribune, excerpts:
This would explain a lot. Republicans want to eliminate Obamacare not because of what it is, but because it's associated with a Democratic President. The only real alternatives are 1) the clusterfuck we had up until Obamacare, which allowed insurers to refuse payouts for "pre-existing conditions," or 2) a single-payer program, which Republicans have fought tooth and nail.A key reason the Republican Party is having such a hard time with the replacement part of “repeal and replace” is that Obamacare is virtually the same privatized mandate plan it pushed for since President Richard Nixon first proposed the National Health Strategy in 1971 then again in 1974. Then the GOP revived its privatized mandate plan again in 1993 with then-Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole helping to propose the Health Equity and Access Reform Today act or HEART as the alternative to the proposed single-payer plan Health Security Act of 1993 — commonly known as “Hillarycare“ — and then again when then-Gov. Mitt Romney proposed — and succeeded in implementing — the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2006 in Massachusetts.
Today's Affordable Care Act is very similar to the privatized mandate plan the Republicans pushed for 40 years. President Barack Obama — as a compromise to have basic health reform passed — used this same GOP blueprint with one significant change: adding a public option alongside the GOP’s privatized mandate plan (basically, Obama proposed adding an option to join a form of Medicare).
This is why Republicans can't find a replacement for Obamacare - Chicago Tribune