And it was cut out.
And if lobbyists can convince a lot of people that any gun control = "taking all our guns" then they can convince people that "socialized medicine kills," even if it's not socialized medicine. They were able to convince people that Medicare was not socialized medicine, and that they would lose medicare so that some 'undeserving lazy people' would get it for free.
The GOP convinced people that the ACA was socialized medicine - which it was not - and got the one part that was cut out.
You can say "Medicare for All" until you are blue in the face, but the minute someone says, "socialized medicine" that evokes a fear response that we clearly saw the GOP - who was a minority at the time - equated the ACA with a "Socialist president."
And that president wasn't even socialist.
(I was quoting *you* on "If the people want to do this..... Your analogy about sensible gun legislation is apt. Even if the people want something, if it's complicated, it can and will get stuck.)