hey Harry, always go with your first instinct. NO is the right answer.
As an independent I'm disappointed in a few aspects of the bill (tort reform? antitrust exemption?) but overall I favor the democratic plan for health care reform. Didn't think much of anything would get done considering the toxic, hyper-partisan political climate we now live in. Don't have to look much farther than this comment page to see evidence of that.
It took shady deals to get the votes sure, but c'mon folks – we aren't children here, we know that Washington is a sleazy operation where backroom deals are made ALL the time on both sides of the isle to get things done. If you're outraged, read up on some congressional history. This is about as American as it gets.
Ya know. You have to ask yourself, "What did the Republicans do when they had control of Congress from 1994-2006 for the average middle class American." Seems to me that income went down and so did the economy, because the rich had all the money. The Republicans always Talk about the redistribution of wealth being bad, but that is exactly what they did under George (W)ar Bush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
As an independent, I ask you all this: now that the bill has passed, why not stop railing at each other and turn your anger into something productive, such as trying to improve this bill? Republicans got much of what they originally supported (pre-existing condition coverage, small business tax breaks, etc) and the liberals lost out (no public option). So stop sniping and let's figure out how we can improve life for millions of Americans in te greatest country on Earth.