How Red America Fell in Love with Obamacare

Breathtaking pace of sign-ups explain why the GOP wanted to kill ACA

Shankar Narayan


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Some people on the right called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as Fugitive Slave Act. A Republican senator who worked with the Obama White House criticized the ACA as government intervention to pull the plug on grandma.

Nearly 12 years have passed since the Affordable Care Act became the law of the land. How many grandma plugs were pulled by Obamacare?

  • Not a single one.

Republican politicians lied to their constituents in order to keep them against a potential transition to universal health care. It was a continuation of a fight between the right and the left that had its roots in 1945.

Centralized healthcare or Universal health care is available in most of the developed countries in the world except America. Not just the developed world, a lot of developing countries also offer such cover for their citizens.

President Truman tried to push America towards a centralized health care system. But America never managed to even get half way there because Truman was forced to move out of the healthcare track by the conservatives, who rallied the country against “Socialized Medicine.”

A plan that had the potential to fundamentally alter American standard of living was choked out of breath with an ideological noose. The healthcare fight between the right and every one else continued for decades. The fight became acrimonious after President Barack Obama passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

  • The Supreme Court debated the legislation at least three times.
  • The House GOP tried 70 times to defeat the ACA.

The Senator who famously evoked grandma plugs to attack the ACA, now says Republicans must “give up” on repealing and replacing the legislation.

  • The GOP has given up.
  • They see no path to replace Affordable Care Act.



Shankar Narayan

Lov stats and hate status-quo. Forecasted all the states Biden won in 2020. Correctly forecasted the twin Georgia elections in 2021, House and Senate in 2022.