There are creative cases of conservatives attempting to cover up their motivations of politics above all else, and then there are epic reading failures as a result
. In particular I bring to attention smitty's amazing inability to read his own source:
Yeah, that's been debunked: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/02/06/dont-blame-heritage-for-obamacare-mandate/ [heritage.org] But you keep playing that card as you whistle past the graveyard, girl. Obama's perfidy is too publicly on display. The Democrats own it.
This was in response to my reminding him that the Health Insurance Industry Bailout Act of 2010 (aka the Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare") was indeed driven primarily by goals of the Heritage Foundation in an attempt to bring over conservative votes. We all know of course that it resembles "RomneyCare" from Massachusetts more than it does anything that Obama or any liberal championed while running for office, but what Smitty shared here in an attempt to distance conservatives from the 2010 bill only cements their legacy within it:
we sought to induce people to buy coverage primarily through the carrot of a generous health credit or voucher, financed in part by a fundamental reform of the tax treatment of health coverage
Sound familiar? Anyone who paid attention to the SCOTUS ruling on the act knows that the supreme court ruled the mandate constitutional because it is ... wait for it ... a tax. In other words, it was exactly what the Heritage Foundation wanted.
Naturally it was - after all, they wrote the damned bill.