All right, enough with arguing that Obamacare violates the sanctity of the Constitution and undermines our freedom. When the Constitution was written, only white guys with land could vote, and some of the most outspoken of those white guys owned bunches of other people. The Constitution has had far more earth shattering changes - like abolishing slavery, giving everyone the vote (oh, and then giving women the vote) - than allowing a national heath care system. The Temperance Movement even got it amended for a while so none of us could drink.
As to the freedom issue, how free can you be if you can't get a health care plan in this day and age? Guess free as a bird until your kid needs surgery - then a slave until you've paid it back. We either all get together into a pool so if one of us gets sick, everyone shares the expense, or we bet it's not going to happen to us and hope to God we're not wrong.
Let's get real about taxes too. When we hack social programs, sure, we get to cut off some 'system riders' - and we all know people riding the system. But lots of these people are just old or disabled and already have to decide whether to pick up their prescription or feed their cat. Let's think about some 'other' taxes here. When you see a CEO making twenty times what a US President does or a ball player making a gazillion dollars a year, how about seeing that for what it is: a far more egregious tax than the bit we pay the government that goes to the poor and needy? Those salaries are not really paid by the Steelers or the Bank of America. They are financed by a tax on product and screwed out of each and every one of us anytime we buy a product or the product of a team sponsor. And, though in terms of getting anything useful for our money, we are getting far less than the government gets with, say, Medicare and Medicaid, we seem OK tossing those dollars into the air. Guess if the poor made more exciting Super Bowl commercials, we'd feel better about supporting them?