Okay, time to weigh in here on the health care bill. I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican, so I don't have a dog in this race (I'm mildly okay with Obama, Santorum or Romney--in that order--for the next four years). But, let me say this:
I get a little tired of hearing the right derisively referring to this as "Obamacare" and blasting the President incessantly for "forcing" all Americans to buy health insurance. Listen, here's the deal (for those of you who may have forgotten). The insurance mandate was never a part of Obama's proposed healthcare initiative. As you may or may not recall, he was for a government-sponsored insurance plan (the so-called single payer system).
This idea of requiring everyone to buy insurance was INSERTED BY THE REPUBLICANS to help the private sector and keep government at bay. So if that mandate turns out to be unconstitutional, don't blame Obama; blame the REPUBLICANS. It was their baby. They put it in there.
And please stop calling it "Obamacare". This monstrosity is the furthest thing from what the administration had in mind. Don't believe me? Refresh your memory here: http://articles.cnn.com/2009-06-18/health/ep.health.reform.basics_1_health-insurance-health-care-reform-americans?_s=PM:HEALTH