First time I've heard something possitive!
The water, police, and fire departments are run by state government albeit regulated by the feds, the Unites States Postal Service is privatly owned, and is only regulated by the federal government.They mention Medicare, a real live government run health insurance. Not sure if you have any experience with them but I do. It's broken. I think we need to fix the the real live government run programs we have before we launch ourselfs into a socialist form of health care. There is not a country in the world that has adopted government run health care than would not change it if they could. It becomes a living thing, like social security or wellfare. It starts eating itself up and becomes something other than what people like you or Mim (or other good people) would have intended it to be. I think we need something for the 15% (my sister is one) that cant afford health insurance (yes, 47% is a highly exagerated number, it includes people who can afford it but wont buy it and illegals) but I will not willingly give up my right to choose where, when and how I get health care. They say that we will be able to keep our current insurance, but for how long? When will Barrick, for instance, decide that it can save hundreds of thousands a year by dropping their underwritten health insurance and forcing their employees to accept the government run option? They say we will be able to pick our own doctors, but how many doctors are going to choose to do work for a government who may or may not pay for the work they do at a lesser rate than they would get privately? And the paper work? They will have to hire entire new offices of staff to handle the paper work. And will those doctors be good doctors? Anyway, its a long drawn out argument because there are just too many things that can and will go wrong if the government takes over our health care. End of rant :)