I agree. In my opinion, we should have had single payer health care, and health insurance should not be a for-profit endeavor. The problem is Obama has to deal with the Congress and could never have gotten enough votes for single payer. I don't really want to go into the whole who's to blame thing. (I know who I think is to blame, but that's beside the point.)
No. That's not true. The problem is that Obama promised something he had no intentions of delivering. In plain English, he lied. He planned the mandate from the beginning but lied about it in the debates because he knew he would lose the election if he told America he was going to force us all to buy insurance.
This country made it 200 years without Obamacare. It was not necessary. It was forced on us. Plain and simple.
But, if we had single payer, we wouldn't be forced to buy health insurance.
If Obama hadn't put the mandate in his bill like he said he wouldn't, we wouldn't be forced to buy health insurance.
But, due to our political system and the people who don't want the single payer, we're forced into this mandate "compromise" which nobody likes really, except the insurance companies.
So I guess it would be better if we just had a dictator, right? This is where it always seems to go with you folks. "Well, they're not cooperating and letting us do what we want so we'll beat them over the head with mandatory cooperation until they give up and beg us for relief".
But, the choice was to give up 2 years worth of work or try to do something to make sure everybody has access to adequate health care.
You have a right to eat. Which means you should be required to spend 500 dollars a week at the grocery store. How's that for the next mandate? You don't have a right to be homeless even if you like that lifestyle. How many wandering hippies would have been (and still would be) infuriated by a mandate to buy a house?
This is what we got. I don't really like it either, and I'm not sure I would agree that we should be forced to buy it. It's unfortunately the byproduct of having two very strong diametrically opposed ideas of how society should function.
I hope you like it better when they come up with a truly diabolical mandate that you really hate. OK, I lied. I hope you hate it as much as I hate this and you spend every day for 4 years agonizing over the fact that there isn't a damn thing you can do about it.