Forcing everyone to purchase private products from our uniquely American health unsurance industry with no right to Medicare is analogous to forcing every American to purchase private retirement plans from Wall Street banksters (or pay a fine) instead of enjoying the right to Social Security. I find it unbelievable and demoralizing that this bill is supported by progressives.
Here's how Obama could have become an unbeatable hero of the people plus ended up historically looking like a moral hero and fiscal genius: 1. Announce that he, his family and all government employees were going to join traditional Medicare in order to add a younger healthier group to help save the program for American seniors (we could watch how fast they make it even better for themselves than it already is); 2. Then ask his good buddies such as Oprah, Tom Hanks, etc. etc. to join a public relations campaign explaining the truth, evidence and facts to the American people (the truth would ring clear as a bell if anyone in power would only try telling it); 3. Allow every other American to join.