Since the institution of Medicare and Medicaid, medical costs have risen at four times the general rate of inflation.
A total government takeover (read that “socialization”) of medical care would result in supporting medical costs for everyone else becoming the principal influence in our lives.
Those who believe that “medical care” is a basic “right” can not define what “medical care” is. Does it mean that every person has the “right” to a regular medical visit to a doctor? Does it mean that every person has a “right” to a CAT scan or MRI when (s)he has a headache? Does it mean that every person has a “right” to being held on life-support while medical science catches up to whatever is killing (or has, technically, killed) him or her? Is psychiatric care part of the deal?
The partial socialization of medicine has already led to bureaucratic rationing of care. Total socialization of medicine will lead to total rationing. It will lead to medcops investigating our lives to see if we have engaged in risky behavior, like smoking, not brushing our teeth, eating too much steak or not enough steak. Have you eaten something from each of the levels of the food pyramid every day?
We socialized roads and bridges, national defense, and the justice system a long time ago. Now, the expense attributable to each of those elements of our infrastructure has grown to unmanageable levels. Socializing “medical care” will administer the coup de grace to any vestige of liberty left in our lives.