In 2008, when Obama was running, Max Baucus, the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, held an event entitled “Prepare to Launch”. It had a video of a rocket ship blasting off and everything. What he was launching was health reform. That meant Obama knew the powerful chair of the powerful committee that would be responsible for any policy that had to raise revenue wanted health reform atop the agenda.
On November 12th, just days after Obama was elected president, Baucus published a “white paper” detailing the health bill he wanted to see. Later, his committee drafted the bill that ultimately passed into law. The Affordable Care Act gets called Obamacare, but in truth, it’s at least as much Baucuscare.