This is a comment I made on someone's lj, and I thought I'd share it with you to put this idea of socialism in perspective:
I'm going to talk about the socialist healthcare system in communist Australia for a moment, comrade. I don't have private health insurance. Last year, I had a variety of appointments with a variety of specialists - each one costing me about $90.00 Australian. Of that, I usually got about $60.00 back from Medicare. I ended up having to have surgery on my heart. As this was non-life-threatening surgery, I was put on a waiting list that was predicted to be about 3-6 months long. It ended up being about 3 months.
I was in hospital for about 24 hours. During that time, I was in a cardiology ward. I was prepped for surgery by two nurses, during surgery I was cared for by three nurses and two (!!!) surgeons, after surgery I was cared for by two other nurses.
This entire procedure cost me $30.00 Australian. That's about $20.00 US. For heart surgery.
If this is socialism, I don't see the problem with it.