I forgot to mention that the health insurance bill does some good things on an entirely unrelated subject: student loans. It increases the maximum Pell Grant and forgives the debts of more students quicker. It provides money to community colleges for career training. Most interesting: it makes families who want federally backed student loans get them from the federal government, not from banks. It cuts out the middleman and saves a ton of money.
Question: if the federal government can lend money directly, why can't it buy health care directly? If cutting out the middleman is good in education, why not in health care?