From Dr. Paul Hsieh of FIRM (Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine), published at Pajamas Media:
The Federal Health Care Muggers
The Congressional Budget Office projects that the proposed House of Representatives plan could cost over $1 trillion dollars, rather than saving money. A similar plan in place in Massachusetts since 2006 has led to skyrocketing costs, long waits for care, and higher taxes, without actually providing “universal” coverage.
But in addition to this economic flaw, there’s also a more fundamental danger to the congressional plan. This plan would violate individual rights on a massive scale by imposing new mandates on individuals, businesses, and insurers, forcing Americans to cede control over their health care to the government.
At least a simple mugger offers you the choice of “your money or your life.” The new health care muggers in Washington will deprive you of both.
To read the rest, go here.
*(It doesn't actually qualify as socialized medicine, strictly speaking, because health care providers remain nominally private, while being completely controlled. But there are many socialistic elements, as there are in any government control of the field. Particularly, in this case, the so-called "public option.")