Seldom referenced in most conversation about the woes of our health care "crisis" are those who could be without health care should current entitlements dry up someday.
As baby boomers reach retirement age and older, the strain on Medicaid and Medicare along with Social Security has been on the minds of Congress for several years, and it is surely motivation for some of the calls for huge tax increases, even if the words spoken in support of those increases are aimed at needs more immediate. Where we might be 10 years from now should make us all nervous.
Getting government into the health care business - call it a "public option" or socialized medicine, depending upon your political persuasion - is the first step toward eventually replacing Medicaid and Medicare and providing full coverage for all. When that happens, government will make even more decisions about how its money is spent on health care; and, yes, they will be life and death decisions that are currently being made between doctors and patients and their families. When to "pull the plug" would be based as much or more on economics as on medical advice and personal desires.