1. Tort Reform - Limiting the award a jury can award in damages to "reasonable numbers" and thus reducing the cost of insurance for ALL Americans.
2. Pre-existing Conditions - Allow patients with medical problems to be insured. They may have to pay a higher premium, but they would be allowed insurance.
3. Portability - Allow patients to keep the SAME insurance if they lost or changed jobs.
4. Market Freedom - Allow all insurance companies to compete in all states, to make insurance more affordable and to lower rates.
The people who pay politicians to vote the way they want them to vote didn't like this solution, which would have been universally accepted as a key change. Ok, the trial lawyers would NOT have liked it, and some insurance companies didn't want to see their advantage in near monopoly in a certain state vanish, but the voters would have seen a benefit to that sort of law.
The Democrats passed a massive multi-trillion dollar bill that nobody read or understood. They rammed it through Congress without a single Republican vote and Speaker Pelosi boasted that, "Don't read it, just vote for it, you'll love it."
Today the national mood doesn't quite match Speaker Pelosi's prediction because there are some truly odious provisions of the bill, most of which has not yet gone into effect. I predict that a significant portion of ObamaCare will be repealed as soon as obama himself is run from office in 2012. Some of it may go away before that.