Didn’t We Just Have a National Referendum on Obama’s Health Care Plan Last November?
Barack Obama, June 23, 2007:
I have made a solemn pledge that I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.
There’s something rather surreal about this seemingly endless hysteria over President Obama fulfilling one of his campaign promises.
Americans had a clear choice when it came to the presidential candidate’s platforms on health care. And they soundly rejected John McCain’s tax credits and "letting the marketplace work" plan. Less than a year ago.
What did they vote for when they voted for Obama? Some very specific proposals, including:
- Affordable and high-quality universal coverage through mix of private and expanded public insurance.
- Prohibit insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions.
- Require all children to have health insurance.
- Require employers to offer “meaningful” coverage or contribute a percentage of payroll toward the costs of the public plan; small businesses will be exempt from this requirement.
- Create a new public plan so that small businesses and individuals without access to other public programs or employer-based coverage could purchase insurance.
So to recap: Obama runs on providing universal health care via a public plan, which McCain opposed. The candidates spend endless months discussing and debating the issue. Voters then give Obama the largest margin of victory in 12 years, and the largest percentage of the vote in 20 years. And on top of that, they give Obama even larger majorities in the House and Senate with which to enact the proposals he ran on.
Now he’s supposed to actually do the stuff he got elected on right? Otherwise, what’s the point of elections?