Way back in 1974, President Richard Nixon presented a plan that called for a national healthcare plan. It would have made all but the smallest employers offer HC to it's workers, while the poor and elderly would be picked up by Medicare/Medicaid. This plan was introduced to combat the plan offered by Ted Kennedy.
Now jump to 1988/89. A conservative think tank, called the Heritage Foundation, proposed an idea called "The Individual Mandate". This would have forced everyone to obtain health care coverage or face a tax penalty.
Now let's look at 1993. The GOP, using the Heritage Foundations blueprint, put forth a plan to counter HillaryCare. This plan was later used to success by the Republican Gov. of MA, Mitt Romney. (RomneyCare).
Now it is 2013. We have the ACA, (ObamaCare). A Republican plan, first conceived 40 years ago by a Republican. Modified over the same 40 year span by a host of Republicans.
I guess the question is: Why are the Republicans and Tea Party so angry that we finally passed a Republican Health Care Plan?