Bleh, that's what I get for posting first thing in the morning. I meant to write " I doubt Woodrow Wilson Smith ( aka Lazarus Long ) would find such a system as universal healthcare something that would be impossible to implement on Tellus Tertius "
Anyway RAH is one of my favorite writers, yet I still don't see him being overly conservative ( does anyone ever read his books anymore? Or do they just pick out the parts they like and move on from there? )
I'll start worrying about Obamacare after intergalactic space travel, time travel, and immortality become a reality. When the option to get on a spaceship and leave this rock ( and people like Mitt Romney ) becomes an option.
I doubt William Woodrow Smith ( aka Lazarus Long ), until then I'll Grok.
I understand and sympathize. But don't feel bad, you'll have LOTS of company soon as 'Bamacare takes over completely in the US. Until now only those of us with terrible HMOs (like I have) or inmates at the worst prisons had a level of care comparable to the UK's NHS system. But now, thanks to our wonderful federal government, this standard of healthcare will be available to all! Unless you've got enough $ to go to a private doctor like presidents and Congresscritters and the other "one percenters" will do, just as they do in the UK. My wife had double pneumonia last year, was sick and could hardly breathe. Our HMO doc said she was fine and sent her home (to die, I guess). I managed to come up with enough $ for a private doctor who immediately diagnosed the problem (type A flu which had now caused pneumonia in both lungs) and prescribed the medicine she needed (a misting machine with a medicine to open her lungs plus a powerful antibiotic). With this treatment, she recovered in about a week. Of course, I had to spend over $800 for doctor bills and medicine since our "health insurance" was completely and totally worthless, but, thank God, I had the money so she was able to get the care she needed to live. Moral of the story: if you're living in the US, if the new 'Bama taxes (to pay for all that "free" healthcare and the public money they gave away for "bailouts") leave you with any cash (good luck!), save it for real healthcare when you need it. The life you save might be your own -- or that of someone you love.
Now, all you 'Bama lovers go ahead and downvote me. I'll have the last laugh (bitter though it will be) in a couple of years when this "universal healthcare" starts to bite.
My apologies for the rant, but Brits know what I'm talking about. We here in the US will be learning about it all too soon, now. As Robert Heinlein said, TANSTAAFL, "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch."