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Amid the wave of Republican nostalgia for Bill Clinton's moderate instincts, it's worth reminding people that Barack Obama's health-care plan was the moderate Republican plan that emerged as a counter-proposal to Clinton's big-government vision.

By Ezra Klein  | October 8, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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"Amid the wave of Republican nostalgia for Bill Clinton's moderate instincts, it's worth reminding people that Barack Obama's health-care plan was the moderate Republican plan that emerged as a counter-proposal to Clinton big-government vision."

yes, by all means, keep reminding people.
when it comes to president obama's pragmatic and good ideas, and accomplishments, there is a contagion of convenient amnesia, or re-visioning.
keep reminding and re-minding people, of how it was.

Posted by: jkaren | October 8, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

This is another bit of Republican bait and switch. Remember the '08 campaign, when Republicans built up Obama and tore down Hiliary Clinton? It's a way of looking reasonable in theory (I would back a Democrat if they were more like...), instead of being reasonable in reality

Posted by: ciocia1 | October 8, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

but, but, but, this time it's different. the scare tactics we used last time were just scare tactics. the ones we're using this time are real. promise.

Posted by: klautsack | October 8, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I think the (fake) nostalgia for Clinton is for his, shall we say, Caucasian demeanor and the fact that he didn't manage to pass much major legislation. Ah, to have a president again who spent time focussing on school uniforms. (PS: I loved Bill Clinton, so my remarks are no way intended to denigrate his presidency. At the same time, I subscribe to the glass half full theory: a moderate health care reform bill is better than none at all, which is what Clinton got. As they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions; I think we reached hell somewhere during the eight years after Clinton.)

Posted by: JJenkins2 | October 8, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

"I think we reached hell somewhere during the eight years after Clinton.)"

i think the descent into hell started with bill clinton.
bill clinton opened the gate....
why do people continue to revere him, when his economic policies put on this path?
why does his presidency continue to escape the blame for this?
neglecting the handwriting on the wall, and a lack of integrity.
to me, that characterizes the clinton years.

Posted by: jkaren | October 8, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

And amid all the finger-wagging of the Obama administration and more well-behaved liberals at those of us who see no reason to continue supporting the Democratic party, it's worth reminding them that their biggest accomplishment to date, with huge Democratic majorities in congress, has been a moderate Republican plan from the 90s.

There's your 'enthusiasm gap'.

Posted by: andrewbaron78 | October 8, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Obama apologists is their intellectual dishonesty. They cannot defend the president on the merit of his policies so they usually resort to selectively bashing Bill Clinton and outright lie about his record. Bill Clinton’s policies generated a record of piece and prosperity never seen in this country in generations: largest surplus ever; most new jobs ever created under a single administration; unemployment at its lowest level in more than 30 Years; lowest inflation since the 1960s and lower federal government spending. He left office with 67% approval rating, the highest of any president after WW II. And yes, he had a republican congress that work with him when they found compromises. At the end of the day, good governance and competence always triumph over rhetoric and marketing slogans.
As Obama’s health plan, why should we be grateful for a crap sandwich that Bill Clinton rejected in the early 90s when he was trying to pass real health care reform? What the republicans were offering back then was wholly inadequate just as what President Obama passed with a democratic congress this year. Obama had a super majority in both houses, why couldn’t he do better than a warm over republican plan?

Posted by: alinosof | October 8, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

"Barack Obama's health-care plan was the moderate Republican plan"
NOW you tell us!
But that's not what you told us when the battle in Senate was still on. Hypocrite.

Posted by: Gray62 | October 9, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

imagine that! Health care from the Republicans! now that is an oxymoron. die quickly sounds more like it.

that this was a Republican health care plan shows exactly why it won't work. the nature of the beast, lol. and that Obama tried to sell it as a Democratic plan. hmm. something fishy here.

oh. that's right. we are supposed to walk in single file and not question authority.

could have sworn Obama was a Republican, but since he's black, that's impossible, like passing a Republican health care plan.

who'd a thunk it?

Posted by: Beleck31 | October 10, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

The ACA isn't just structured like the GOP counterproposal from 1993. Of the comprehensive proposals offered then, ACA most closely resembles the plan suggested by the Heritage Foundation. With that in mind, watching the Republican leadership whip their yes votes down to zero during final passage felt bizarre.

Posted by: extensive_vamping | October 10, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

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