Can we all agree that Comcast really sucks, because there is no real and adequate competition?
Comcast sucks. Just sucks big time. Sneaky price increases, connection issues. Where I live, in residential area, they just disconnect in the middle of the day regularly. When I work from home I no longer rely on comcast for the connection during working and conference calls.
As such, do we agree, that the service sucks?
If you do, I challenge now you to think how will Universal healthcare will suck in the USA.
I was born and grew in a country where there many things "universal". Including healthcare.
Reality is that "healthcare" is a commodity, not a right as some people are trying to portray. If you will call commodity a right few things will happen:
1. To keep the costs low the services will be consolidated in "big" healthcare centers. There will be no real competition.
2. Since healthcare will be "free", there will be excess demand and there will be rationing. Let's say your mother is 74, has chronic disease and needs hip joint replacement. Your family will be told that it is not practical for people who have remaining life expectancy of less than 5 years to get replacement because it will be considered as waste. You will be offered unlimited painkillers though.
3. There will be excessive demand for free services. In some countries with universal healhcare to get a dental service (non-emergecy), the wait time could be 1.5 years or more. You will be places in a que.
As much as people despise current US Healthcare system, there still are some elements of competition (not many though, as pricing levels do not support existence of meaningful competition). For believers in free healthcare, please consider what people are saying about other de facto competition - Comcast.