Countries that have socialized medicine also have long waiting times for doctor visits. I sit in the doctor's waiting room and the hospital emergency room long enough as it is. Emergency rooms in public hospitals are REQUIRED to treat an emergency regardless of insurance or check book balance. They can not release you until your condition is stabilized. Do other countries do that? If the US has socialized medicine, who will pay for it? We, the Americans, that's who. We will pay in higher taxes which will offset any financial benefits and maybe even cost more than we are paying now. Our government has botched up the welfare and Social Security and school systems, and you want to add socialized medicine to the list? Our government can't control the budget they have now, they don't know how to limit spending and live within their means like us "average Joes". And you trust them to take on another big bureaucratic mess? I am disabled and have better medical coverage than I've had in almost 15 years. Medicare comes out of my disability check (Social Security) and I have no premiums to pay on my prescription coverage. The company which carries my prescription coverage also covers some medical that is not covered by Medicare. Monopoly? Socialized medicine is even more of a monopoly. I now have a choice whether to take Medicare part A, B or both. I choose what company will be my prescription carrier. Socialized medicine? That word, socialized, reminds me of the Union of Soviet SOCIALIST Republic. No commies for me, thank you very much!