Why don't people realize how much we can't afford this bill right now?
I'm afraid your statistics are a gross misrepresentation of the facts. That being said, tell me, what would be wrong with raising taxes by 37.4 % on those who make more than $200,000 a year so that the rest us us can have access to the health care that they take for granted.
On that note, The reason we're in so much debt is that the last time the Republicans were in control of Congress and the presidency, They launched two illegal wars of invasion, both of which had price-tags in the Trillions of $. So using the "fiscal responsibility" argument as an excuse not to have a National Health Care system is completely ludicrous. Unfortunately, all this bill does is make the Insurance companies more money by mandating an expansion to their customer base. I really don't understand why the teabaggers and Republicans are whining, since all this "health care reform" does is make their corporate buddies richer, so they should be happy.
"So using the "fiscal responsibility" argument as an excuse not to have a National Health Care system is completely ludicrous."
Somehow, I think the "fiscal responsibility" argument gains a lot more credence when you take into account that the current administration has already spent more money in one year than the previous one did in eight. On top of that, they've done that during a recession, while the economy was strong for most of the Bush years... until near the very end, when the Democrats took Congress, spending spiked, and the economy's sinking started.
Also... if you're gonna bash Republicans over these allegedly-illegal wars... .. . shouldn't you also be bashing Obama for not already pulling out? The chant for the past eight years has been that we should pull out as fast as possible, and now that the side who chanted it is in power... it's not happening, why? Or did it magically turn into a good war just because a Liberal Democrat is in charge?