The shame is that we have a president who understands the need for a basic health care plan for all, but has settled for the completely disjointed morass that is coming out of the sausage maker in Washington. While health care reform is necessary, passing an inferior bill would be the only thing worse than doing nothing.
Sure, political considerations will always take precedence, but the current bill, in all it's thousand page glory, does not achieve the goals as outlined by President Obama: 1) universal care, 2) paid for within the budget, 3) containing quality standards. None of these three goals are met in the current bill.
Which plan could fit all these criteria? Answer: Medicare for all. This is a program that has been around for two generations with a bureaucracy already in place which has high standards that have been tested and revised, and can be implemented over the entire population fairly easily... certainly more easily than a brand new 'system' made from the existing mish-mash of private insurers with all the various models.