The Republicans, having been rebuffed, ignored, and not consulted three and one half years ago, have dug in their heels. A national piece of historical legislation affecting every American has never passed without a single vote from the opposing party. To Republicans, the unilateral, or unipartisan, passage was an act of unparalleled arrogance, and they are not about to forgive and forget. Politics is a test of the art of compromise, and Obama failed.
In ancient times, there was an ancient wartime practice of pouring poison into sources of fresh water before an invading army, to diminish the attacking army's strength. This practice became known as “poisoning the well,” and poisoning the well was precisely what Obama and the Democrats did when they passed Obamacare without reading it and withut consulting with Republicans.
Now that the public and others know what’s in it, to use Nancy Pelosi’ memorable line, hardening of the political categories is at a near death stage. Poison remains in the well. The singular act of passing it without a single GOP vote lives on. From a political point of view, that act of arrogance, is more important than all the provisions, regulations, costs, and consequences of the law combined.
Tweet: When Obamacare passed 3 ½ years ago without a single Republican vote, it poisoned the political well and led to today’s political gridlock.