"it took a worse health care option [single-payer] off the table."
Huh? No it didn't! In fact, single-payer is the endpoint of this monstrosity.
And your last paragraph is sheer idiocy, Steve. Vast new bureaucracies, 21 new taxes, broad new powers to the HHS secretary, wrapped in 2000+ pages that nobody read is a power-grab that will help almost no one; it is not an "illuminating experiment" in how to afford anything.