There was nothing done illegally or unconstitutionally in passing this law. At least, nothing that the Republicans wouldn't do or HAVEN'T DONE in the past to get their legislation through Congress. Hell, much of this law, as it stands right now, is stuff that the Republicans wanted in the past, and the thing that seems to be the most troubling, being forced to buy it or paying a fine, is one of them. Of course, when the other side proposes it, it's a whole new deal! And by the way, just where have the Republicans been all these years on health care reform? Now, they are saying that we DO need it, but not as this law reads. "Let's start all over," they say. But where were they, and what were they doing when they were in the majority?? Not a damn thing!
The Republicans lost this one big time. Before even one sentence of the legislation was written, they showed their hand and true colors by saying that they were going to get Obama on this one - that it (health care) would be his Waterloo. Before one sentence was written! They were intransigent and obstructionist right from the start. And they'll be making yet another huge mistake if they run the next election on the "Let's take this new right away from Americans" slogan. I hope they try it, actually, as I doubt they've learned anything.
And let's not mix up the issues. If anyone can explain to me why having health care rights means losing gun rights, I'll be glad to listen. And if anyone can tell me that helping people, which is the essence of this legislation, is un-American, then I guess I have misjudged this country of ours.
And let's cut the crap about the "free-loaders" getting all the benefits. That's the sadest excuse of all for being against this law. Sure, there will most likely be abuses. Just like people abuse guns, snowmobiles and ATVs, but that doesn't mean those things (rights) should be banned for all because of the misdeeds of a few. Or maybe what some of you are saying, whether you know it or not, is that our gun rights SHOULD be banned, because of the actions of a few. You're "logic" is rather weak unless it can be applied equally in every case and on every issue.
I have a friend who had one child born with half a heart. His other son has developed extreme asthma. Guess what, his insurance dropped him after chalking up over a $1,000,000 in medical bills. If you can look him in the eye, if you can walk by a mirror, or sleep well at night when you want to take this new health care right away from his little kids, then maybe we'd better get a whole new definition for what a "good American" is, because that's not what you are.
You're letting politics and paranoia cloud your ability to see this thing for what it really is: the recognition of health care as a right and giving all Americans the ability to provide it to their families. Remember the first inalienable right is "Life". Implied therein is a life with a certain amount of quality, including health. The Founding Fathers would be proud indeed!