According to an Obama adviser present during the 2008 election campaign, Obamacare only happened because they “needed something to say.”
Politico is reporting that at the time that then Presidential candidate Barack Obama promised he would enact Universal Health Care by the end of his first term, there was no actual plan in place of what it would all entail. Apparently, President Obama was pressured to make a big statement while at the Families USA Conference back in 2007 in order to compete with then frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
“We needed something to say,” said the campaign adviser to Politico. “I can’t tell you how little thought was given to that thought other than it sounded good. So they just kind of hatched it on their own. It just happened. It wasn’t like a deep strategic conversation.”
Jon Favreau, who was an aide in the campaign at that time, along with Robert Gibbes, pushed the idea on Obama before the speech at the Families USA Conference. They reportedly said he needed to say something “bold and ambitious about health care,” and this was the thing to say.
“He had previously talked about how every year and every election we keep talking about health care and nothing ever happens,” said Favreau. “So we came up with that promise, really one of the first.”
The promise of Universal Health Care by Obama may have been what won him the Presidency, but there has been a lot of backlash against what most call Obamacare. Senator Lindsay Graham recently said that the Affordable Care Act “sucks” and that it is “beginning to collapse economically.”
With a major landmark for Obamacare only a week away, and with a looming government shutdown should Congress vote to defund the health care legislation, questions still remain as to what exactly will change once the ACA starts up on October 1st.