“Socialized insurance necessarily leads to socialized medicine, and if the government controls well over half of the insurance sector through Medicare and Medicaid, and tightly regulates the rest, it is only inevitable that it will also seek to control how health care is bought and sold.”
— David Dranove on ObamaCare, at The Health Care Blog
The more the government controls health care delivery, the more it will have to control medical decisions themselves, which means less control for is left to individual doctors and patients.
Proponents of the ACA continue to claim that it is NOT "socialized medicine." The desire to distance the law from this term is because it is well known that socialized medicine does notimprove quality and access and does reduce individual freedom. Tthe essence of socialized medicine is centralized government control for the purpose of creating material equality by taking from some to provide for others--and that is exactly what the new law is designed to do.
Let's call it "socialized medicine"---because that's exactly what it is.