Personally, I don't care how it's done. I have enough to worry about just paying my medical bills as it is. I need help (well, not this moment in life thankfully but I'm always teetering on the edge of 'whatamigonnado' paranoia thanks to the ridiculous costs in health care not to mention the denials!).
As for the government stepping in, well let me put it this way, the insurance companies sure as hell ain't gonna do anything to lower premiums or take on individuals with pre-existing conditions (as I mentioned I was turned down 3 times before I could get on my State's plan), employers (large or small) aren't going to pay much more for premium costs and most companies are already on the cheapest plan for them and they continue to pass the expenses on to the worker-bee anyway, I can't ask my family for money to cover my $8,000 medication, so where does that leave people in my shoes? The Government is the only place people like me can turn to. I had to. What else was I going to do? Is it the best choice for everyone? For all the rich folks who own businesses and have to pay higher premiums for losers like me? Well, probably not, but it's *my* only option. Obama actually knows what's going on. He's not pushing this through to have omniscient control over our lives. He's seen firsthand, just like me, what dealing with corporate health insurance and having a health problem is like. I believe he's truly and sincerely compassionate for human beings. If not, prove me wrong.
Once again, I personally know for a FACT of 4 people in my life who have had to divorce, go on welfare, lose EVERYTHING and then ultimately receive government assistance anyway - and my parents, my deep in love parents who celebrated their 26th anniversary last week may have to DIVORCE in order to keep their house, their transportation, and their only investments so my stepfather (who has colo-rectal cancer) can obtain, at a minimum, Medicaid. These are not just a here and there case, it's a LOT of people and it's wrong.
p.s. Judd - I sent you a message to your Hotmail account.