Republicans have it all wrong when they smear Obama's Health Insurance reform as a government takeover of healthcare. Actually, it's the exact opposite. It's a takeover of the government by the health insurance industry.
I'm sure the healthcos were surprised to find themselves opposed by the Republicans. After all, having bought and paid in full for BOTH parties, they were entitled to expect support from both, not just Obama and the Democratic Congress.
Maybe the Republicans are miffed that the healthcos showered the Dems with more cash. After all, a few years back, Sen. Rick Santorum was the No. 1 recipient of their largesse, and Sen. Hillary Clinton was No. 2. But last year, Sen. Kerry was No. 1, and the healthcos topped the list of Obama donors.
But even though those pesky Republicans behaved like ingrates, the healthcos got exactly the "Healthcare Reform" they wanted. What they want, they get. Always. (Even Medicare. After opposing it for decades, they switched to supporting it in 1965 when they found they could no longer profitably insure those over 65. Two weeks later Medicare was on its way through Congress.)
For BOTH parties in Washington, it's not the voters who count, it's the donors. Both the Dems and the Repubs answer to the same corporate paymasters.
Single-payer Medicare For All, favored by most voters and physicians and some 80% of Democrats, was "politically impossible". It was kept "off the table", even though it would provide better coverage, would cover everyone, no exceptions, and would cut the total national healthcare bill substantially.
On war, healthcare, and the economy, we get the opposite of what voters want. From both parties.