The ACA was the largest government handout to industry in possibly the history of government.
That's a a very narrow view. Guess you're middle-class, huh?
Can you name any government program that involved a transfer of more power and private money to any private industry? No, of course you cannot. The government just essentially gave the health insurance industry license to print money.
The GOP would have happily voted in favor of it if only the white house were occupied by a republican; they opposed it because they didn't want a democrat to get credit for health care reform.
Events from the last 2 weeks would seem to undercut that argument quite a bit.
I suspect you meant to say "thoroughly support that argument". Can you find the profound differences between the ACA and the Ryan proposal that just fell? No, because it is still largely the same. Just because the mandate is gone doesn't mean the industry will be making any less money, indeed it accelerates their ability to make money in several important ways.
but the bill did largely the opposite of that.
There are, at minimum, 24 million of your fellow countrymen who think that argument is full of shit.
24 million people are now buying health care on the market because the law says they have to. Are they getting the health care that they wanted? I know plenty who are not; they are paying for what the law says they are required to buy.
He gave the GOP the bill they wanted.
That's a bizarre statement to make, considering that not one single solitary GOP congresscritter voted for its passage.
I already laid out exactly why the ACA was the bill that the GOP wanted, and they supported that by drafting a bill that was 90% the same as the ACA and then we saw the majority of them tripping over each other to be the first to vote in favor of it. They just couldn't get a few others of their own ilk in line to ram it through.