Obama and the Democrats want us to believe that the only alternatives in paying for health care are the government or insurance companies, i.e., third parties. They don't want us to imagine that health care should be paid for by the individuals (you and me) who are the customers.
Since increasing government regulations over the past 50+ years have put insurance companies and HMO's in charge of paying for most people's health care, we have seen demand soaring and price increasing.
Worst of all, the political left has convinced most Americans that health care is a right. This idea is the root of the problem. Health care is not a right. Neither are food, clothing and shelter. Read the Constitution if you don't believe me. But since people have come to believe health care is a right, they have turned to government, the one institution in society whose only proper purpose is to protect our rights.
This is how the collectivists are taking away our liberties - by telling us we have the right to goods and services, such as health care, produced by our fellow citizens. And when we drive up the price by demanding our health care rights, Uncle Sam steps up to rescue us by offering to pay. And we forget that he who pays the piper calls the tune.
So, we had better be careful because Mr. Obama and his buddies are trying with all their might to pay for health care so that they can call the tune, while we dance to it like schmucks.