I see nobody wanted to tackle this post. Ah well
Eagle, you've apparently drunk the koolaid. Almost everything you said is based on incorrect or incomplete information proliferated by one side of the political debate.
Canadians don't wait 23 hours in emergencies and Americans don't wait 4. SOME do. But in either country no one waits longer than they need to. If your tummy hurts you don't want to wait. But it's better to make you wait if the alternative is to give you some pepto while the guy with arterial bleeding bleeds out in the waiting room. The cleanup costs alone make this true. Besides, in the US each private hospital determines its staffing levels. If they overstaff so that everyone with a tummy ache gets treated quickly then that is wasteful and costs us all.
Women visit doctors more. Men drink more beer. Men also incur more trauma. So what? We are all people. Splitting hairs is stupid. If we want to go down that route then we should certainly charge certain groups more and I don't think you'd like where that goes.
This law will not kill jobs. The very same arguments were made against civil rights laws and even women's suffrage. These are social issues that the economic system will adjust around. The cost of airport security and the wars in the middle east have had far greater impact than this law will.
I am not in favor of or opposed to the law being discussed. It has its good points and bad points. But it is here to stay now and there simply is no way it will be overturned by Congress in the near future. Every member of congress is standing for re-election. Support for this law is almost evenly split. Any politician that leans in one direction will lose a vote for every one he gains. Plus, there are millions of voters who benefit from this because they get health care. Those who will pay more have to think about whether the extra $100 they might pay a year is worth crying about when it allows their fellow citizens to get treated.
So, the republican party might try to make it an issue but I doubt it. Their best hope would be to wait until after the election and hope they have a substantial majority as well as the presidency and I think that is highly doubtful, especially since they will have a very short period before having to run again. So, it's time to move on and stop fighting the battle from 2 years ago.
Besides, I thought you were a christian? Isn't there something in that book you read about helping those less fortunate?