"The essence is really quite simple: regulation of insurers, so that they can’t cherry-pick only the healthy, and subsidies, so that all Americans can afford insurance.
Everything else is about making that core work. Individual mandates are a way to prevent gaming of the system by people who don’t sign up until they’re sick; employer mandates a way to hold down the on-budget costs by preventing a rush by employers to drop insurance; the public option a way to create effective competition and hold costs down further.
But what it means for the individual will be that insurers can’t reject you, and if your income is relatively low, the government will help pay your premiums.That’s it."
The cost of living has actually gone down (2.2% in Chicago).
Your spleen is in fact quite essential to your health. It holds all your monocytes (the bad-asses of your white blood cells) in reserve. I'm not sure if the same can be said of their analogy - a large standing army is vital to the health of a nation.... hm.
America has fewer small businesses than Europe, so no, we're not so individual.
Obama isn't an American citizen according to 75% of the South. I'm speechless... Dear South, stop being racist. That shit was never cool and now it's not even acceptable. On a side note - one does have to wonder - the Civil War was fought because the South succeeded; not slavery. Why did they succeed? Because not a single southern state's electoral college had voted for Lincoln. They felt as if they had no voice so they formed their own country. Kind of makes you wonder...