Democrats wanted a single payer system but the republicans were steadfast against that. This is why we have this Frankenstein type legislation that is better than what was but lacks the teeth that it needs. This is also why some democrats are against it as well.
This may be the most ignorant thing posted on the board today.
Certain far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far left wing ideologues in the Democratic Party wanted full-blown socialized medicine but most DEMOCRATS realized that they would be signing their own pink slips if they did that. So, they came up with this steaming pile of pure bovine excrement as a "compromise" to get OTHER DEMOCRATS to vote for it.
This had nothing to do with compromising with Republicans -- they were literally locked out of the room.
It was their fellow Democrats that wanted nothing to do with full-blown socialized medicine.
Remember Obama telling these idiots that if they voted for what became Obamacare that they wouldn't have anything to worry about BECAUSE THEY HAD HIM. He really thought that he could save all their seats by himself because of how highly he thinks of himself.
The result -- Speaker Boehner.