Senate bill fines people refusing health coverage - Yahoo! News Oh, I can't wait for this ? Define affordable ? Because if the current system is perceived as "acceptably affordable" even after getting the weak healthcare insurance that is available, that gets changed every year that it's offered to weaken benefits, then this is no solution. I understand they're trying to come up with a solution, but let's say we hit a period of higher unemployment like we have. They would fine someone for dropping their coverage because they had to eat or pay rent ? Since unemployment is a state benefit, they'd have to force states to offer healthcare as an unemployment benefit (if the poor are subsidized partially or entirely) ? Cobra would have to go away ? Otherwise the way this bill is structured, if you're alive/breathing you have to be covered period and it's not like motor vehicle insurance. The other issue is, what kind of insurance is it ? PPO, HMO, Medicaid level or Medicare level ? Co-pays, what about those ? Are incomes going to increase enough to pay for this ? Otherwise I see this as what another thread was about, simply lining the pockets of the current medical industry ? Thought(s) ?