So, what are the key requirements that Mr. Obama keeps talking about (Though if he read the bills, he'd see that none of his talking points are being met) and that you progressives want? Portability: 1. Keeping your health coverage if you lose your jobs. 2. Moving a health coverage you like to your new employer. 3. I can use My health coverage anywhere in the United States. Affordability: a. The Dream; 1. Costs nothing to anyone but the rich. 2. Costs nothing to anyone but employers b. The Practical; 1. A low cost plan (as of yet, low cost is undefined by anyone) Pre-existing Conditions: 1. I cannot be turned down for a pre-existing condition. 2. I cannot be denied coverage if I develop a serious condition Does that about cover it? As it stands now, we can accomplish all of this with the absolute MINIMUM of government intervention into our lives without having to bankrupt our country or put our grandchildren into a 100k dollar debt before they are even born! The legislation would also be pretty straight forward, requiring no more then 15 to 25 pages just to be sure the loop-holes are closed. That plan would be a mandatory payroll deduction of a percentage of your weekly/bi-weekly/monthly pay into a Health Savings Account. And it is tax deductible. This account would be strictly controlled by you and the investment of the money would be determined by you with the caveat that you could not invest in high risk stocks. This account would go with you no matter who was your employer (much like you social security) and since you would be paying cash from this account for services rendered (with the exception of catastrophic care) you simply cannot be turned down for a pre-existing condition. It is, after all, your money. But the best part of this is....... The law would be written in such a way that No Politician from any level of government would be allowed access to this money. It would require everyone to participate and would lower medical costs because the insurance companies would be pretty much eliminated from the equation with the exception of the catastrophic care that would still need to be funded by the individual.