"You will be forced to buy insurance. If you don't, you'll pay a fine," said [former Democratic National Committee chair Howard] Dean, a physician. "It's an insurance company bailout."
That's the long and short of it. While I think that either the "public option" or the "Medicare buy-in" would make it even worse, and Dean thinks one or the other would make it better, as is the Senate "ObamaCare" bill is corporate welfare and nothing but corporate welfare -- a gunpoint demand that everyone write checks to the insurance companies, on pain of fine or jail.
Truth in advertising standards require that the politicians stop referring to this thing as the "Affordable Health Care for America Act." It's not affordable, it has no significant connection to health care, and it's an assault on, not a deed "for," America. Arthur Silber offered up a far more accurate and appropriate label for it last month, even before the "public option" and then the "Medicare buy-in" went away: The Fuck You Act.