I think we all know that lives can very well be at stake here. Certainly. States CAN require citizens to carry auto insurance as they are in charge of the roads and nowhere in the Constitution does it say that states can't. You do realize that they won't take money from any existing government programs to pay for something like that even if it would work. One of the ills of government. They will take it out in the form of taxes, which still comes out of my pocket.
Bush's plan is the best bet so far. So much better than Hillary's farcical attempt. Yes, we do have to do something. I find it interesting, though, that you won't even consider my stance on the issue. Why are you so convinced that your way is the only way without even checking it out? I've looked into this and researched this for years, I know why my stance is the way it is, and I've supported it.
I have no problems sacrificing for the greater good as long as it is done within the law, for the right reasons, and voluntarily so that I am giving to issues that matter to me. Healthcare would be one of them. Children's rights and protection is another, etc. We need to get rid of the monopoly, look at other systems that work good as well to get some ideas, and really work at finding ways at helping people that need it.
Another concern I have, you mention a lawyer, for example, having to pay more. Why? Should we penalize the lawyer for making more money than I do? He went to law school, he passed the bar, his time is clearly worth what he's paid or else he wouldn't get paid. If the lawyer pays the same as everyone else, which is fair, then he has more money to feed into the economy which helps everybody in the long run. This is economically sound and proven. And a strong economy that helps everyone will help everyone pay their medical bills.