Let me stipulate first that the way we do insurance and cover our medical costs in this country is stupid. We do it this way because somewhere along the line people became convinced that someone else should pay for health care and that getting insurance through work was a spiffy idea.
Both things are wrong. both have led to the entitlement mentality we now suffer about medical care. both have led to fewer choice and higher cost. Both have removed market forces from insurance purchase and health care coverage. We have now what we demanded...on steroids, further complicated by state and now federal mandates about what insurance must cover.
How much medical care you get will always be limited by money. Your money, the insurance companies money, or the government funding. It is no different that any other thing we pay for. The question here is choice. Do you want to turn every choice and every decision over to the government? Would you rather be able to buy the insurance you want, for what you want, without the government interfering with what and how you purchase it?
Would you be willing to treat medical care as you do car care and pay for regular stuff out of pocket saving insurance for big things?
If the country decides to go with single payer and depending on the style they choose, you will have fewer choices. An English style will allow for private insurance but it will be very expensive and probably won't take you if you have a preexisting condition. A Canadian style and you have little to no choice but the government program. We will be imposing a tremendous cost on the small number of taxpayers relative to the number we will cover and so you can expect, as they have in England, a degradation of facilities and slow updating of equipment with much less availability.
There's no incentive for docs to go into specialties if income if limited. You'll have fewer choices there. Not all hospitals will survive and not all hospitals will be able to deliver the variety of treatments they do now. You can expect fewer choices, longer waits, and travel if you are lucky enough to make it to the head of the line.
Not all of these things will happen right away, but as tech outdates or machines break, choices have to be made between updating/replacing, and seeing patients and giving meds. And those meds? Expect fewer choices. If the cheap drugs don't work, don't expect anything more expensive or experimental. If pharmaceutical companies have to spend billions bringing drugs to market, but are not paid well by the government, they will not bother with anything the least bit marginal.
I don't have any doubt we are headed for single payer. It has been the dream of the left for decades. Pretty sure it's not because they care about you, so you might want to think about why the love the idea so much....might have something to do with all the other entitlements they love and use in every election to convince the sheep that someone is out to take their "free" stuff from them!!!
hey...population control. Two birds with one stone