Each side has its lunatic fringe. We debunked a rightist one last month. Here is an article from Bloomberg which traces the anti-Obamacare movement back to – wait for it – the Confederacy. This is a clumsy appeal to racism, and the argument is stretched so thin it actually ends up supporting the other theory of the civil war.
“There were zero Republican votes, so they are stiffed at that level,” said Merle Black, a professor of political science at Emory University.
Jeremiah’s own position on Obamacare is an eclectic one. He is for the individual mandate, and against both employer and government provided insurance. See here.
So, where was Johnson’s race card, when he pushed through Medicare and Medicaid? The answer is that Johnson did the work. He knocked heads, sold favors, and built a coalition. Along the way, there was debate and a grudging consensus. If you are going to enact landmark social programs, you have to do the work.
Jeremiah warned, back in 2009, against passing Obamacare on a strict partisan vote. Republicans can now disavow any responsibility for the law and its consequences. They have nothing to lose, and much to gain, from sabotaging it at every turn. No one should be surprised at this result.