Okay... I have a big problem with ObamaCare, and it is not directly related to abortion, euthanasia, death panels, embryonic stem cell research, or anything else that is or is not in the current version of the program.
Those things are abominable and are disqualifiers, certainly... but, for the sake of argument, let's say that none of these provisions were part of the current form of the bill.
My problem is simply in the bureaucratizing of the system, in the fact that it will be moving toward complete governmental control, because even given that none of these provisions were part of the program initially, I have the distinct sense that this is where things will be headed eventually. It's where the scientific "expert" ethicists want to go, it's where the current administration wants to go, it's where other supposedly more "advanced" Western countries are already going. The specific provisions of the current bill are not that relevant, what is relevant to me is that the government will be greatly expanding to control another huge aspect of public life, and that means loss of freedom.
You want a risk-free society? You can have it. I understand that there are people without insurance... there always have been, and there are more people insured now than ever. My wife and I were uninsured for years while we went to college. We were broke. Now we're going broke paying for insurance.
I think everyone ought to have access to medical care, and the vast majority already do. That doesn't mean that everyone can afford everything, but I am very close to a family of modest means that was in need of some very major, ongoing, expensive and specialized health care for a loved one and got it, paying only a tiny fraction of the total cost (which was all they could afford). Insurance covered only a fraction of the remainder, and the rest was absorbed by hospitals, by private physicians and donated by charities. In other words, people saw the need and covered it, without the government bureaucracy.
Does it always turn out that way? No. Do some people lack adequate health care? Sure. I think, though, that if we give up on private means of dealing with the problem and turn it over to Big Brother, we will regret it down the road.
You know that if Washington gets control of things, health care will continue to be structured so as to make money for all the "right" people, and this money will flow into Washington in such a way as to consolidate power for all the "right" pols. It will make the military/indudtrial complex green with envy. If you want to see the future of health care legislation, look at current legislation for weapons systems, which is based not on the needs of the military, but on the needs of some defense contractor that is holding some Senator's leash. "Who cares whether the air force needs or wants F22s?... My constituents want F22s, and I get a fat kickback from the company that makes F22s, in the form of campaign contributions and luxury junkets, etc... Screw the military ".
That is the same decision making dynamic that will be brought to bear in the health care industry, eventually, if it becomes another arm of the government.