"I'm a bit shocked that "skeptical" atheists would just take the word of some politicians who haven't read the bill in its entirety."
Don't be shocked...even a bit.
Even legislators don't read bills; they follow their party leaders' voting instructions. Salaried lawyers write bills according to party leaders' instructions.
When visiting the Arizona legislature I heard hired readers read bills far faster than human ears can untangle the droning sound. The state constitution required that bills be read but said nothing about the reading speed. In some legislatures only the titles of bills are read.
R, do you have a reason for all the judgments you're passing on mere mortals?
I am not shocked that legislators don't read bills, but at skeptical atheists who believe the aforementioned legislators. America already has two public options: Medicare, which is earned, and Medicaid, for those who can't afford premiums. There are also indigent programs.
I'm not trying to come off as "passing judgement". The judgement is already being passed on "Obamacare" by those who haven't read it and those who don't understand it.
As I said earlier, if you drive a car, you are legally obligated to insure it. If you have a mortgage, your lender makes you carry homeowner's insurance. Everyone deserves to be healthy, so when this bill is fully enacted, health insurance companies will have to lower their premiums to compete with each other to bring better policies at better prices. Good physicians deserve to be paid well. Good nurses deserve to be paid well. But doctors and nurses aren't the only staff necessary to the running of a practice or a hospital. It's a rare physician or nurse who understands how billing, collections, insurance verification, authorizations, notifications, deductibles, coinsurance and out-of-pocket maximums work! They do the work, but their staff gets them paid for that work.