ABC News has an op-ed by Dr. Paul Hsieh who argues that Japan’s health care system contains a cautionary tale for America’s health policy makers:
The Japanese government argues that it must regulate citizens’ lifestyles because it is paying their health costs. This highlights one of the greatly underappreciated dangers of “universal healthcare.” Any government that attempts to guarantee healthcare must also control its costs. The inevitable next step will be to seek to control citizens’ health and their behavior. Hence, Americans should beware that if we adopt universal healthcare, we also risk creating a “nanny state on steroids” antithetical to core American principles.
If you want a Big Brother, you get all that comes with it.