Google Public Data Explorer) vs the US which has a population of 307,006,550 (same source). What works for such a small population is a lot different from what works for larger populations. Also, exactly what shape would Australia be in if it lost all of the technologies and industries created by the US? Or more to the point of this thread, take a good look at just the medical technologies, those created or first introduced in the US vs Australia. Or even the availability of Technologies to the people. One technology as an example is MRI. The US has 22 MRI units available for every million of the population, Australia has less than 4 MRI units per million of population.(source: MRI Units vs. Health Care Spending by Country - Supporting Evidence).
What all these people who are promoting "socialized" Health Care in America seem to fail to understand is that should the US change it's Health Care System, almost all advancements is medicine will stop. The US, under it's current system, either creates or pays for the development/deployment of almost all medical advancements. Almost all new drugs are initially introduced in the US. Without the US paying the costs that it does for these drugs, companies would never see a profit and would therefore either disappear or would slow down or stop development.
This mandate to buy insurance was put into the bill at the request of the insurance companies. It is necessary, without it, other requirements of this bill would collapse that industry very quickly. It is not even certain that with the mandatory insurance provision that the Health Care Insurance companies can survive. This bill was written and promoted by people who want "socialized" health care. The "public option" which BO wanted didn't make it through. That option would of allowed the government to seize control of the industry if it failed. Interesting that so many provisions of this bill seem to work towards making the system fail.
I for one, definitely would like to see this whole reform bill die and go away. It is bad in so many ways that it would take months of typing to point them all out.