The Senate passed it's version of a health care bill.
They say it will save $130 billion in the first 10 years; $650 billion in the following ten years; there are numbers they are not talking about.
We spend $147 billion per year in obesity/overweight complications (CDC);
$157 billion per year in smoking complications/health care costs (ACS);
$700 billion per year in unnecessary medical tests (CBO figure).
Nothing in the bill addresses these costs in a realistic way and they add up to $1.004 Trillion dollars per year.
This also does not include the medical costs of substance abuse or alcoholism.
The bill also does cap private monthly health insurance premiums; businesses are still laying folks off due to these high costs and people keep dropping out of coverage.
It does nothing virtually significant until 2014 and we are still losing over a Trillion/year as above.
The above figures are per the Congressional Budget Office, Center for Disease Control, American Cancer Society.
There are ways to address these unsustainable costs but they are not pretty.