You misunderstand my position on health insurance. The issue in Massachusetts was that individuals were being forced to purchase the product from a private corporation. Same issue with the federal plan. No public option.
Still do not think i should be required to purchase car insurance if i don't own a car.
I also have a good friend that is a member of the teacher's union in Wisconsin. Been a Music teacher out there for about 4 years now. She is out protesting every day.
Nobody is required to purchase car insurance if they don't own a car. Where did you get that? You can't drive an uninsured car, though. And if you live with someone and regularly drive their car, then you need to be added to their policy (at some expense, I'm sure).
The health insurance issue is never going to get better unless the "pool" is full. VT just completed a study indicating that the state could save millions if they moved to a single payer model and there is a very good chance they will push to implement that ahead of the Obama plan's 2014 deadline. They'd put it out to bid and if a private insurer could meet the coverage requirements they could get the contract (for x years), else the state would manage it. But the savings of having everyone enrolled and everything going through a single insurer would be substantial - enough to get everyone in the state insured. Anyone with the means would be required to pay something though. No more just going to the emergency room and having the hospital chase after you to pay.