Please help me fight my ignorance on this topic.
I was surprised when a friend of mine “informed” me that Barack intended to institute socialized medicine, and that our taxes would be ~50% of our income “just like the Canadians” as a result.
I have a generalized idea of what socialized medicine is, but in trying to see how true this might be, I came across everything from sources stating that Obama just means to subsidize health care and expand coverage, to shrieking crys of socialism and doom.
I told my friend I had a great resource here in this message board, and that I would try to learn the Straight Dope on this.
Can anyone please point me to some cites that seem objective, and perhaps explain in layman’s terms what Barack’s expressed specific intentions are regarding health care, and how this might impact taxes and the common citizen?
I’m also happy to read any sources which might claim that his expressed intentions don’t match his track record, or contradict themselves (his expressions, not the sources lol), etc. as long as they are not obvious biased nuttery.
In other words…I’d like some good sources to research this myself. I’d also love to hear informed opinions and personal experiences from Canadians or other countries with ‘socialized medicine’ (scare quotes reflect my confusion as preliminary googling shows the term is used rather broadly from we-all-share-all-costs to HMOs to any subsidy at all). FTR, I’m a Ron Paul guy, so I’m honestly not looking to defend or besmirch Barack; I simply wish to fight my ignorance.
(if there was a good thread on this I missed in the profusion of political threads, please link!)