They modeled the national healthcare on the Massachusetts model and yes it is a very blue state but they tended in the late 90's and early millenia to elect Republican governors. If Mr. Romney didn't think that this was a good plan he could have vetoed it, but health insurance costs at the time this was enacted were in the double digits. Do I like Obamacare? Not really, there are things in this plan that I do not like and go against my beliefs, but if it will help the citizens who have nothing then it could be good. Healthcare is not cheap and if you are employed your employer will soon be telling you how much this costs them on a yearly basis. Most of us do not have a cadillac plan but it covers our expenses.
Florian, I think both Medicare and Medicaid are good programs that provide assistance to the most neediest citizens. Our elderly have medicare and another health plan to cover what Medicare doesn't. It's not cheap.
Of course, it's not cheap. But WHY is it not cheap? I have suggested and Cheryl has now suggested that government involvement might be part of the reason why health care is so expensive. I can't prove it here, but if government is part of the problem, then I think we can agree that it's probably not rational to look to government for solutions. This is one reason why I think Obamacare is so irrational.
Just think about the possibilities of health care in a more free, libertarian society. Would it be less safe because it is less regulated? Okay, that's one negative consequence. But on the positive side, just think how easy and cheap it would be to treat your sinus infections. That doctors visit would be cheaper. Maybe there would be no co-pays, but the doctor's office gave out coupons to make going to the doctor more affordable. Maybe you wouldn't need to get a licensed doctor to give you a prescription anyway, especially if gov't didn't force doctors to be licensed. Just walk into the pharmacy and get your anti-biotics. Maybe there would be better and cheaper treatments for sinus infections if the FDA weren't regulating them so much. FDA, remember, is a government agency. Gosh... everytime I turn around, I notice yet another little way that government/bureaucracy makes health care more inconvenient and expensive.
Interesting, Florian. Remember back circa 100 years ago or so, when nothing was regulated as far as food and medicine are concerned?
Just walk into a pharmacy and get your antibiotics? Really, that's what you want? How would Joe Six-Pack know what antibiotics go with which disease?