So I was watching Sharron Angle debate the other night, and I realized: she either believes, or is attempting to make people believe, that what the ACA does is replace all the existing types of health care insurance with a single thing called "Obamacare" -- that in 2014, we'll all have government health insurance. Moreover, she seems to believe that right now we all have lots of choices about health insurance, but that after "Obamacare" is implemented no one will have any choices at all.
My question for conservatives is: is that pretty much what you think was in the ACA? Do you think that Angle and other GOP pols think that -- or do you think they're just using a shorthand for regulated health care? I'm curious as to whether health care reform opponents have a minimal understanding of what the legislation does. Of course, there are very legitimate disputes about how it will work out in practice, as well as legitimate disputes about whether it would be a good thing even if it works the way Democrats say that it will work, but I'm more curious about whether Angle and others have just a basic, minimal sense of what's in the law.