The healthcare bill passed in 2010. The recent hoopla about it is because the Supreme Court just ruled it constitutional. Not sure who originally came up with it, but while Romney was Gov of Mass, he implemented it in his healthcare plan for Mass.
Last week the US Supreme Court ruled that the Health Care legislation is constitutional. The Republicans are in a tizzy because the Chief Justice tipped the scale and the republicans had counted on him to
vote the other way.