Looks like the health reform bill will include mandatory coverage and penalties for failure to give insurance companies your money. Here in Massachusetts we already have mandatory health insurance and the 1st year my minimum coverage plan increased 38% so it DOES NOT CONTROL COSTS AT ALL. I'm self employed and have to pay it all out of pocket. I'd rather spend $3000/year on my own form of health insurance, eating organic, natural & pasture fed foods rather than give it away to health insurance shareholders and executives.
Rather than pass real health care reform for the 308 million Americans (40 million of which have none at all) the Democrats who were leading the charge have watered down and gutted the plan to appease just a half dozen individuals and turned it into a tax funded subsidy program for the 'poor struggling multi billion dollar' insurance companies.