Flash forward to the present, as Washington Post opinion writer Charles Krauthammer describes it:
The centerpiece of this vision is, of course, Obamacare, the most sweeping social reform in the past half-century, affecting one-sixth of the economy and directly touching the most vital area of life of every citizen.
As the only socially transformational legislation in modern American history to be enacted on a straight party-line vote, Obamacare is wholly owned by the Democrats. Its unraveling would catastrophically undermine their underlying ideology of ever-expansive central government providing cradle-to-grave care for an ever-grateful citizenry….
This is the signature legislative achievement of the Obama presidency, the embodiment of his new entitlement-state liberalism. If Obamacare goes down, there will be little left of its underlying ideology.
It shouldn’t have, but the reality of the new liberalism has hit many Americans like a sucker punch to the gut, leaving them shocked, outraged and struggling for air. The most stunning part of the story is how quickly the new liberalism has been unmasked for what it is: a farce. It may even be in time to prevent our history from bumbling into the tragedy section.