Absolutly. The only part I would disagree with is that money should go 70% to public transit to give people an alternative to driving and 30% to research into alternative fuels. It's going to take bothe carrot and stick to encourage people to make more responsible choices about transportion. The problem with things as they are now is that in most areas there is no reasonable alternative to driving. Using higher gas taxes to pay for alternative transportation discourages people from driving while at the same time finances alternatives to driving. The problem there is twofold. In the first case figure $200 per month per person for individual health insurance. You have to make a pretty large chunk of change to have an extra $600-800 a month to pay for health insurance for your family. 2-3 times the poverty level doesn't seem unreasonable. The other problem is that even if people can afford individual private insurance, it's the biggest legal scam in America these days. The insurance companies take your money and then use it to avoid actually paying claims. It's a good idea to avoid any company that makes more money by not helping the customer. One advantage to government subsidized insurance is that it gives the people a recourse if they get screwed by the insurance company. If the govrnment is paying for it then the government should have an interest in seeing that the people get the car they are paying for. Capitolism has it's place (as much as it pains me to say that), but meeting essential needs is not one of them. We don't expect people to pay individually foir fire protection, we don't demand that citizens pay for the part of the street in front of their house or the schools that their rugrats attend. So it should be with health care. If this country had any sense at all we would put the entire health insurance industry out of business and move rapidly towards a socialized system like the rest of the industrialized world has. Until we accept that the good of everyone is in all of our best interests, it's hard to see how we have any chance as a society.