Bottom line, PRIOR to the fear mongering that accompanied the bill, the overwhelming majority of Americans wanted Healthcare reform and over 60% favored some form of single payer. Then the highly funded, highly partisan Con media began their "get the old white folk" afraid, and the mindless fell into line.
Remember Sarah Palin and "Death Panels?" Of course we do, but the mindless selectively forget that Ms. Palin passed legislation in Alaska that provided "End of Life" Counseling in 2006. Not only did she sign it, she spoke to it's VALUE when to the press.
More recent, how about the fact that the GOP and the Heritage Foundation introduced the concept of Individual Mandate in the 80's and 90's! Then it was Personal Responsibility!