30 million plus people without health insurance means a lot of people are walking around sick spreading diseases. Sick workers are not productive. Neither are people trapped in jobs they hate just to provide health insurance for their family. Healthy nations are productive nations. Can we afford this healthcare bill? Of course we can. This bill will cost less than what we spent on the Iraq wars with lot more benefits. As far as additional taxes, we are one of the lowest taxed nations on earth. Only Ireland and Iceland have lower taxes.