I'm amused by all the rose colored glasses I see here. Would it be a good thing if everyone had all the food and medical care they needed and a good place to live? Of course it would.
Do you honestly trust the US government not to abuse this idea? Look at what happened with Obamacare. What we were sold is a European style public health care system where capitalists could still keep their doctor and current plans. What did we get instead? You're forced to buy the coverage they tell you to.
This is where the world is going. ANYTHING given to you by the US government (and all other anglophone and western european governments should be suspect) will be given to you for the specific reason of controlling you and taking your freedom. How hard would it be for them to make your basic income contingent on keeping your mouth shut? And all we would need is an "emergency" to allow the government to round you up and make you work wherever they say. Other governments have done it throughout history. And so will the US.
From there, it would be trivial to create an economic crisis so that you can't work more to get ahead because the work doesn't exist. Good thing there's that government income to rely on, right? Oh look, you can't afford your mortgage or property taxes anymore. Good thing they have a nice 100sqft stack and pack closet for you downtown.
Want to eat? Want to keep your closet? Shut up and do as you're told, slave.
Didn't meet your quota? Well then we have a "fun" camp for you. Don't worry, we'll take care of your wife in a different camp and your children in a third. Want to send your wife an email? Better meet your quota.
Didn't meet your quota, we'll I hear the coal mining industry has jobs, and a convenient camp for you to stay at also. Too bad you can only send your wife an email once a month instead of once a week.
I wonder what happens if you don't meet your quota at the coal mine.