but we all know that Obamacare as it was being sold, was not Obamacre as it was being written.
This is, to be polite, a gross mischaracterization. Since you are simply tossing it out as a generalization, I won't bother responding at that level, but if you'd like to dig into specific areas that you believe were "hidden" or that "no one knew about" I'd be happy to respond with specific evidence to the contrary.
Otherwise this just comes under the rubric of "stuff heard from the right-wing noise machine," and isn't worth the time.
I don't doubt the sincerity of his involvement, but I doubt if even he understood the bill in it's entirety. Having passion for an issue doesn't necessarily mean you have, or even know, the best solution.
"...understood the bill in it's entirety." has enough hedging words in it to allow just about anyone to get out of saying that they said it. No law is written by a single person in Congress, but not only had Kennedy been involved in every attempt at a health bill in the last 50-odd years, he as a result knew every approach that could be taken, including a strong familiarity with "Romneycare," which of course was the health bill from the very state he represented in Congress, and was considered a major experiment in a possible national healthcare law. Moreover if you take some time to read this article, you'll see that he was instrumental in getting the first outline of Obamacare off the ground, working with Max Baucus.
The worst thing about this accusation though is that it feeds into the false narrative that Obamacare was "rammed through" with no review and "so long" (thousands of pages!), that nobody understood what was in it, which is just plain false (see above link). Of course those characterizations are actually true of the couple of attempts this year to pass a "kinda repeal and kinda replace in the worst possible way" bill, as if two wrongs make a right.
As for the Republican's behavior, they have a much worse approach, and they too are trying to rush through a repeal instead of taking the time to examine all of the problems with Obamacare and resolving those issues.
So yes, I understand you're not trying to trash Obamacare here, but the things you've said above are the kinds of "truisms" that we hear all to much of, that keep the debate about what the policy should be from even getting started. Oddly, I've heard some on the right claim that Kennedy wrote the whole thing, just to try to prove that it's "far left socialism," when in fact it's core was Newt Gingrich's response to "Hillarycare" in 1994, and uses principles that came out of the conservative "Communitarian movement" of that era, basically built on the notion that it was everyone's responsibility to have insurance if they were good citizens.
One of the main reasons why Republicans have flailed in coming up with their own "alternative to Obamacare" is that Obama pushed it to be so like all the Republican/Conservative think-tank proposals from the last 30 years that he was sure that it would get Republican backing, which ultimately it did not, due to McConnell & Cantor's stated strategy from January 2009, to ensure that Obama had no successes. There's literally nothing more conservative than what Obamacare basically is, without making it worse for everyone.
The worst irony of course is that most of Obamacare's outstanding problems--and there are more than a couple to be addressed--really came from compromises in the bill that were changed specifically to try to get more Republican support, like removing the Public Option and making Medicaid expansion an option.
Legislation should be a deliberative process.
Amen! It is like making sausage, and it's not for people with no ability to compromise, let alone those who spread lies and falsehoods about what the "other side" is proposing, just to gain political advantage.
I hope for an America where neither "fundamentalist" nor "humanist" will be a dirty word, but a fair description of the different ways in which people of good will look at life and into their own souls,