It's not a tax it's a penalty, it has only been called a tax since the question of constitutionality for a penalty was raised.
What it's called has no bearing on how it's implemented. If it's implemented as a tax, then it's a tax.
The law in question does not benefit insurance companies more than anyone else, in fact for any length of time longer than about 3 months (less in most cases) does it become cost effective for an individual to purchase health insurance not offered through an employer or similar program. In other words under this law the most cost effective way to handle health insurance is to only purchase it when you're costing the insurance companies more than you pay them. I believe the reason Kucinich changed his mind and voted for this is that it was explained to him that it would result in the destruction of the health insurance companies.
Right, it will result in the destruction of insurance companies. That must be why they got on board with it and supported the passage of the bill! It all makes sense now! Really, you need to explain yourself a bit here I think. The insurance industry got almost everything they asked for in the bill. I agree that the taxes may be set too low, but they are also going to become tied to the CPI after 2016, and aren't even implemented until 2014. I don't think the insurance companies are going to be hurt by this, especially with all the gouging they're doing right now. They apparently didn't think so either. There's plenty of time to tweak the rates, and I'm sure those won't be the only adjustments made to the law.
Once this law is repealed in full, we can finally start talking about health care reform for the first time. And no, this law was not better than what we had before it.
I guess you must have missed all the other times we've talked about it over the past several decades. This is all new to you. Hell, Eisenhower was trying to get universal health care established back in the fifties. Hell, this plan is essentially just an implementation of the Republican plan from the 90s.