Majority parties use reconciliation a *lot* to pass legislation. This isn’t unusual.
Republicans are planning to do that, too. They don’t have 60 votes to do anything at all on health care. Or tax reform, for that matter.
Obamacare was *not* created in the dark of the night. It was *not* a big surprise to anyone. It went through extensive open, public hearings and debate. The Senate’s reputation as a deliberative body was kept intact throughout, and Republicans had plenty of opportunities to absorb what was in the ACA and raise their concerns before it ever reached the floor of the Senate. And they did, too.
Contrast that with what the Republican majority is doing with its repeal effort. This is a bill that got to the floor of the Senate with no-one — not even Republicans — knowing what was in the bill. They *still* don’t know. No committee hearings. No expert testimony. Nothing but smoke, mirrors and ‘now you see it, now you don’t’ shenanigans. Oh, and throwing shade at the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office which is paid by Congress to score legislation’s effects. Real smart, that.
Republicans destroyed a reputation the Senate has had for over two hundred years as a deliberative body. You cannot justify what the Republicans did by pointing at how the ACA was passed.
I’m actually not a fan of the ACA. I think it gets a lot of stuff wrong. I’m not happy with it. I regretted its form from the moment it entered the public consciousness.
But not being a fan of the original legislation does not confer a right to lie about how it was passed.
The link I provided gives a much more thorough explanation of what happened than your buddy ‘Rick C’ gave you. It also has the virtue of being true.