I was listening to Michael Savage the other day, and he gave a great explanation of why socialized medicine doesn't work. I can't remember what he said word for word, but here is my interpretation of it. :)
He explained that State run organizations have never run as well as private. He used the example of a grocery store. Right now, in the U.S., we have private run grocery stores. They have the freedom to set whatever prices they want, but because they are in competition with other stores, they have to make sure that they have good quality, and good selection. They also have to keep their prices competitive with other stores. If the government decided to take over the grocery industry, we could end up with food lines like they had in Russia years back. The heads of the government bureau decided how many salamis were needed for a certain district, and that is all that was allotted, even if more was actually needed. So what ended up happening is that lines of people would be waiting in hopes of getting at least part of the salami. He explained that yes, in our current system, there is waste. If you go behind a grocery store today in the evening, you will find their dumpster loaded with food that doesn't meet their freshness criteria. But the government, always wanting to save money, will go the opposite direction, and will choose to err on the side of frugality, thereby not procuring enough food to begin with.
Also, think about what happens in your town if too many of the same kind of store are built. Eventually, one is forced out of business. If the government were to take over the grocery business, they would take the bulk of the customers away from private stores, forcing them out of business. Obama says that with his health care reform there will still be private practices. But if the majority of people are getting their health care free (or inexpensively) through the government, then there won't be many customers left for the private practices. Only those who specialize in certain areas of medicine that isn't provided well by the government will survive, and then, because of lack of patients, they will be forced to raise their prices simply to survive. I lived in China and saw first hand how socialized medicine works. The doctors get paid the same amount whether the patient is cured or not. I was just a number to them. And to save money, the government won't spend any money they don't have to on your health care.
The next aspect, which Michael didn't bring up, is that today our Doctors make a pretty good living. Some feel it isn't right that they make so much money from medicine. But we have to remember that they had to put in at LEAST 8 years of post High school education, plus more years of internship just to be able to practice. Their expense for their education, in time, money, and stress, is great. Will it be worth it to doctors to spend that much effort in school if they won't make much money in their profession? Because you know that the government doesn't pay that well.
The scariest thing about socialized medicine to me is that once you introduce socialism, it can penetrate to every aspect of our society. What if the government eliminated private practice law? What about Dentistry? Can you see how insidious socialism becomes?
Socialism is an evil to be fought. One of our former prophets, Pres. Ezra Taft Benson said in 1988, "I testify that wickedness is rapidly expanding in every segment of our society. It is more highly organized, more cleverly disguised, and more powerfully promoted than ever before. Secret combinations lusting for power, gain, and glory are flourishing. A secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries is increasing its evil influence and control over America and the entire world." (Ezra Taft Benson, “I Testify,” Ensign, Nov 1988, 86) I believe that to be true. We must do all we can to fight this tide in our country today.