What The Brazelbomb said. The tea party movement was developed and raised to prominence after Obama won. The only thing you can blame the Republicans on in this regard is that losing to a pigmented man which offset that distrust. Also if you look at the classic usage of conservative, basically like the tories in England, you would see that the most prominently used rhetoric, as seen through Palin, Fox, and a few other examples has nothing to do with conservatism. It's much closer to radical libertarianism and that, to be frank, is an insane ideology born out of selfishness and naivety.
Would you want to live in a society without medicare, public libraries, public police force, public firefighters, public education, or the several dozen other socialist (and these are all socialist products) items that the government has given us. If you say yes on any of these than to say no point blank to socialized medicine and medical care without a very strong argument to set it apart from the others than you are wrong. I'm sorry to be so blunt, but the argument I'm hearing is that the government can only handle this incompetently, or at least moreso than the public companies, and i have to call bullshit on that. If that were the case most of Europe (I'm not sure what system Australia uses) would be dead in the water.