Universal Healthcare US

Why are Americans so against universal health care? I dont quite understand why people would be protesting against it. Can someone explain this to me?

As many faults as medicare has i think its a good thing that everyone has access to a fairly good level of health care in Australia.
Yes...very interesting isn't it.....I think there has been a lot of fear mongering like it is the start of socialism.

Ultimately, it is the Healthcare lobby in America trying its darndest to keep the gravy train going. I remember reading that America is spending about 16% of their GDP on health vs 11% in Canada. Even Cubans overall get a better standard of health care...

Good on Obama for doing this and making a basic service like health care more equitable. This will also reduce cost over the longer term as they focus on managing health issues from the start. Stats show that the end-state costs are much higher.

I also can't wait till countries like India and China which have started their own pharmaceutical industries to being the cost of medicines down.
they are against it because it's a federal system, not a state-by-state system.

in other words, anything federally operated / funded is communist.
probably saw all the rorting and inequity in the australian system and decided that the free market can allocate resources more efficiently?
IOMW, I don't have an answer to your specific question, I personally think it maybe a complexity of issues, but have an interesting piece of research/read for you:

Just a partial excerpt,( randomly pulled out by me), article is by Atul Gawande, 2009:

Providing health care is like building a house.

The task requires experts, expensive equipment and materials, and a huge amount of coördination.

Imagine that, instead of paying a contractor to pull a team together and keep them on track, you paid an electrician for every outlet he recommends, a plumber for every faucet, and a carpenter for every cabinet.

Would you be surprised if you got a house with a thousand outlets, faucets, and cabinets, at three times the cost you expected, and the whole thing fell apart a couple of years later?

Getting the country’s best electrician on the job (he trained at Harvard, somebody tells you) isn’t going to solve this problem. Nor will changing the person who writes him the check.

This last point is vital. Activists and policymakers spend an inordinate amount of time arguing about whether the solution to high medical costs is to have government or private insurance companies write the checks. Here’s how this whole debate goes....so on...--->see article for full context-->

From: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/06/01/090601fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=all

The Cost Conundrum

What a Texas town can teach us about health care.

by Atul Gawande
My impression has alway been they believe their taxes will go up dramatically, because of the propaganda fed to them that everyone that has a universal health system pays through the nose for an inadequate system.

In other words they been brainwashed into believing that what they have, as imperfect as it is, is better.

I agree with sash that it is in the best interest of the private healthcare companies to keep this fear mongering going. It's a huge industry.
Most americans/republicans are insane. And they have an aussie that helps them toward the insanity cliff.

Some reps are ok but the rest are looney toon :confused:

That murdoch fella has just a little to much power in the media for everyones liking. Bloody glad his attention is on american politics and not australian. Imagine having that kind of influence over a superpower. :eek: crazy