10 years ago, the average family paid $6,000/year for health insurance.
Today, the average family pays $12,000/year for health insurance.
It's estimated, at the current rate of increase, that in 10 years, without reform, the average family will pay $24,000/year for health insurance.
The poverty line has been defined as $20,000/year. This hasn't changed in a very long time. If no health reform is passed, or even worse, if something like the Baucus Bill is passed that does not control costs or provide a public option, and requires every citizen to buy private insurance under penalty of fine, well… do the math.
People who make $30,000 a year or less will have to decide, give all or most of their income to health insurance or face a fine of up to $3,800? Unfortunately, breaking the law will become the economical choice. At least until somebody becomes sick.
If you oppose reform, do the math.