Oh, yes... It is coming...
And I'm not being some "alarmist," this is included in our fancy, new stimulus package!
"Training Primary Care Providers: $600 million to address shortages and prepare our country for universal healthcare by training primary healthcare providers including doctors, dentists, and nurses as well as helping pay medical school expenses for students who agree to practice in underserved communities through the National Health Service Corps."
pg 10: http://appropriations.house.gov/pdf/PressSummary01-15-09.pdf
Now, as lovely as the whole Universal Healthcare thing sounds to some, or how beautifully it is sold to us by our ever so trustworthy politicians, I just can not bring myself to trust my HEALTHCARE to the people that can't seem to figure out: how to improve roadways in a timely/effective manner or how to track billions of bailout dollars given away within the past 6 months.
Are there problems with the current American healthcare system? Of course!
Is putting the government in control going to magically fix it? Of course not!
While it doesn't often seem to make our front page, many countries are having problems with their wonderful universal healthcare programs. I believe it was in England that I recently heard they were beginning to privatize some hospitals, as the government ones could not handle the load on their own. I'm just not very fond of the idea of working (albeit not currently), then having to wait in line behind some loser who choses not to work and chooses not to take care of themself just for regular healthcare, or more pressing procedures and care!
Once again, those who speak in fear of "big brother" are encouraging and perpetuating the "nanny state."
Personally? I think we should consider illegalizing health insurance. Outrageous charges and insurance costs drive up the cost of healthcare for everyone. If we all were actually just working on the power of the dollar capitalism, could, once again, fix this.
(for the record, this is coming from someone who may very soon not have health insurance)