First, This will initially raise insurance costs but only insofar as the insurance companies will be upset they cannot screw over people like they used to. Also, health care as a whole will benefit due to people not going to the emergency room without insurance and receiving treatment thereby passing the cost onto everyone else like they do now. Secondly, Unconstitutional? This is one thing the commerce clause actually SHOULD cover. The health of americans drastically effects commerce. If for for no other reason then healthy people are more productive. Thirdly, The government already forces people to buy things. Wanna buy a car? Guess what you have to buy, license, plates, and *gasp* Auto insurance. Fourth, You say it will harm the economy but with insurance companies being forced to spend 85% of the premiums they get on actual healthcare, the ridiculous amount of extra money we waste on healthcare will drop dramatically. At the very least with all that money not flowing into the healthcare system it will flow elsewhere. Say maybe the economy? If I don't have to spend that extra 300 dollars on my premiums, maybe I will go buy that thing I've been wanting. Look, more purchases, more jobs! More purchases, More taxes! Five, raise the debt? you wanna fix the debt problems, fight that bill. Fight the pork they put in other bills. For the first time, the government has placed regulations on something that makes sense. it's a buisness that makes it's money based on not servicing it's customers. The less they help, the more they profit. Such a business NEEDS regulation. and sixth, The legislation and the fines on people for not buying health insurance has been watered down so much to be almost non-existant. But guess what? We should have some sort of fine. because when a person doesn't have health insurance and they go get treatment anyways, everyone else gets fined instead. We have to pay higher health care costs because they choose to keep their money or spend it on other things. It's not my fault they decided not to have insurance. and now that the insurance companies cannot deny you based on preexisting conditions, no one has any excuses now for not having some form of insurnace other than blatent poverty. And in that case they are setting up programs to help those people too.
Thats the thing that never ceases to amaze me about the people who get their talking points from Fox news. They scream bloody murder if you tell them anything that Glenn Beck has told them is social-commie-marxist-facism-anti-americanism.