The media haven't really explained things properly to the public. The reality of the bill is that it is a fast track towards a privatised NHS in which the tax payer merely pays private firms for health care. This has simply not been explained to the public. Part of the problem has been Lansley's lack of honesty and part of it has been the media's lack of objective analysis for whatever reasons.
Two people who have always said things exactly how it is are Allyson Pollock and Clive Peedell. I would strongly advise popping past the former's site and reading some of her fantastic analysis of Lansley's dog's dinner. The latter has been working and campaigning harder than anyone, in fact he is organising a protest run, called Bevan's run:
"January 10-15th, 2012. 160 miles in 6 days from Aneurin Bevan's Statue in Cardiff to the Department of Health, Richmond House, Whitehall, London. To protest against the Health and Social Care Bill and NHS privatisation. Calling at Witney (David Cameron's constituency). Follow me on Twitter @cpeedell and #bevansrun."
Bravo Dr Peedell. If only the BMA had such fight and guts, we would not be in such a mess. I would strongly recommend than anyone who cares about the NHS pays Dr Peedell's blog a visit and considers joining him for a part of his protest run. If everyone thought and acted like Dr Peedell then the likes of Lansley would never get their malignant bills through Parliament. I would urge everyone to think about getting involved in Bevan's run and at a minimum, forwarding on this information to their friends and colleagues.
Do we really want to tell our children that as Lansley stood next to the NHS with his box of matches and can of petrol, that we stood idly by and did nothing?