I was watching Stossel's show on healthcare and public schools were brought up. It made me think to myself, would there be any support for government ran healthcare if it were structured like government schools?
If healthcare were structured like government school, then you would be forced to use a doctor based solely on where you live. You would have to move to get into the “medical district” that you think would offer you the kind of medical services that would work for you. If the doctor you like services an area that the housing is too expensive for you, then you are screwed. If you lie about your address in order to get a better doctor than you are breaking the law.
Does this sound reasonable? If not then why is it reasonable for schools to operate in this fashion? Also you have to wonder if the same organization that structures schools the way they are structured should be the ones in charge of structuring healthcare. How do we really know that the government will allow for any choice in who treats you? That is currently the promise, but we all know that the government always goes back on promises they make when trying to push a bill through and then retracts them later.