Why were the democrats so eager to change the healthcare system to such an extreme? Ted Kennedy twenty plus years ago was always talking about insuring the uninsured "health care for everyone".
But, why did they go down the road of a complete overhaul to the entire system, as opposed to just finding a way to insure those who needed or wanted it?
The 2008 election was huge for the democrats; they had control of both the house and the senate at that time. The election of a democratic president would finally be their chance to pass new laws as they saw or wanted, strait to the president’s desk. Bigger government as they believe was now in their hands, and the health care system is an enormous part of this economy.
Why the complete overhaul and not just a fix to the current system? Control, they want government to control a bigger slice of the economy. IMO insurance for all was just the icing on the cake, control over the people and that segment of the economy is the real prize here for the democratic party. Imagine how things would look today had they had six, eight years of total control? I’m sure Obama, Nancy and Harry have daydreamed about that scenario many times.