President Obama bent over backwards to accommodate the Republican ideas, donating a significant amount of the package to the Republican gold standard of "OMG TAX CUTZ!!!11!!" Even after this, not a single Republican was willing to vote for the bill.
If there is one lesson from today, it is that House Republicans are irrelevant. Even with a completely united Caucus, the House GOP was unable to stop a good bill.
And Thad McCotter had better watch out. If/when the Obama plan puts people back to work, restores confidence and gets the economy rolling again, people are not going to forget that he took a stand against it. And I'm not going to let 'em.