There are going to be many more Democrats running for office, I am doing research to see who I feel best for the job and the Democratic party...a few good ones.... Finding a young Dianne Feinstein would be my choice, and there may be one, problem being, is country ready for a woman, I know i am.
@heartlandcanuck: It does sound generous and kind, when you say it like that-- you express that more and more people will become eligible.
You did not explain why any more persons should be made eligible-- which is to be cast into an unnecessary safety net. Will there be an unwanted side effect? How will able-bodied, motivated, active, self-insuring, and/or employer-insured persons feel about this downgrade? And, who will customize care and tailor each care plan for each individual? The larger and more cumbersome a provider becomes, the less flexible it is. It will not be able to adapt to each situation quickly enough (sometimes) to avoid doing harm and even to do some good for some people. Even the existing providers are not sufficient to cover all persons equally and totally. It is not difficult to study numbers and explanations and realize that when only one system is in place, the coverage will not be better than it is now, when multiple providers of insurance and care are operational.
I think it is a good idea to continue to poke and prod and palpitate this notion of government care. The next question for the patient is: why should more and more persons be cast into the government's care?
Actually your #2 is incorrect - emergency services, schools, et all are not socialist. If they were they would pick and chose who they tended to and not everyone is entitled to an education - only the ones with money. Here you can prosper depending on your earnings, socialist nations take the earnings they feel are above and beyond and re-distribute to all so everyone is equally poor. I suggest you read up on 3rd world socialist countries to see if that is really how you want to live. I lived in one for 2 years - not something I would wish on my fellow Americans
I don't see it like our school system where we have Charter schools for bright kids and we actually moved to get my daughter into a fabulous small school district (public), very small in Calabasas, it wasn't one for all, and she got an amazing education with 400 graduates, unlike L.A. school's. We don't know Bernie's plans, but he seems like a one for all kinda guy.