Basically the health care reform bill provides that health insurance has to meet certain minimum coverage requirements and that individuals who don't purchase health insurance will pay a fine.
Those individuals who can't afford to purchase health insurance, based on income, will receive some assistance. Poor people already have Medicaid coverage and the elderly have Medicare coverage.
The bill was deficient in that it did not provide for a public option. A public option would have given businesses and individuals the option of purchasing health care coverage from the government rather than from insurance companies.
It's a way to force Capitalistic organization on Corporate Malfeasance and Monopolies.
It prevents the Morally and Ethically perverse tactic commonly used by these Health Insurance companies of RESCINDING a Health Insurance Plan if a client submits a claim.
That was a common complaint.
It ALSO forces Insurance Companies to accept people even if they have a 'Pre-Existing Condition' .... something so broad - if meant that MILLIONS of Americans could not acquire Health Insurance.
In a recent Harvard Study - it was reported that 45 MILLION Americans died each year as a direct result of not being able to acquire Health Insurance.
These were Fathers - - - Mothers - - - Children.
Of Course, 'christian' Conservatives - even some Catholics (one of which is on this thread) - don't care about those Dying Parents and Children.
They only care that FOX tells them to be opposed to this reform - because their political opponent implemented it.
Such is the Fundamental Moral Perversion of all American Self Described 'christian' Conservatives.
Modern Republicanism is the PARTY OF DEATH.
But a very good, shorter explanation is made by Tribeca above.