But did Obama really go too far to the left? Healthcare reform was based on the individual mandate, which was an idea conceived by Republicans in the 80's or 90's. Can you really say that this is a left-wing idea? Also, people wanted an end to the practice of denying insurance based on pre-existing conditions....and the only way to do that was to have an individual mandate. It looks to me like Democrats gave the public what they wanted. Now Republicans say that Democrats are socialists. Is this actually true, or is it crap? I'm going to have to say it's the latter. If Democrats are saying there's going to be an end to science and reproductive freedom, well is this actually true or is it crap? Let's look at the upsurge of anti-abortion activism and the climate change denialism. I'd say that this accusation seems pretty close to the mark. Am I wrong?