There are times that it is good to see the past changed, this is not one of them.
1. The Congress and Senate were both controlled by Democrats.
2. There was a Republican Senator that was ready to vote yes on anything that came down the line, and publicly stated so. (Senator Olympia Snow).
3. This gave the Democratic Senate Filibuster Proof votes.
4. There was no problem with the House for the Democrats.
In summary, President Obama said (paraphrasing), This is what I think should happen, (Did not actually propose any legislation for it) but you guys hammer it out. Then the Democratic Party came up with what we have today.