The individual mandate and private exchanges were conservative ideas from a conservative think tank. They were first implemented by a conservative Governor. Those are inescapable facts. The "liberal" position is a single payer system, Medicare for all. This was rejected in 92 and could not gather 60 votes in 2009.
You *SHOULD* believe your lying eyes, because they're not lying. And I know that on some level you realize this because your response was a jumble of unrelated thoughts. The PPACA is a mess? Weak candidates? The budget? How does any of this relate to how liberal or conservative the ACA is?
Anyone wondering what I'm talking about start here:
The Psychology of Persuasion
Also, the public option had more than 50 votes, (I think it had 54) it just didn't have the 60 required. Granted that's not a full up single payer system, but it would have allowed people to essentially buy medicare instead of a private insurance.
The Tortuous History of Conservatives and the Individual Mandate - Forbes
This is a pretty fair read. The individual mandate was always rejected by the libertarian wing of the GOP. However, it was invented/championed by the corporate wing.