This is a serious question with serious implications for your personal health and the health of the economy. One of the things that make asking a question like this difficult is that politics and politicians elicit lunatics from all areas to spew unsourced and unhinged conspiracy theories on the internet.
Go read Markets, Not Mandates to bring yourself up to speed about ways Congress can improve health care in The United States by fixing fundamental problems which currently exist in the system as it is set up now. Thus far, every idea being pushed as potential legislation would make the situation worse.
“The Public Option” is one idea being put forward to help those who don’t have or can’t get health insurance. Although it sounds reasonable on its surface, many are accusing it of serving as a trojan horse for a complete government takeover of health care, via a single payer system.
Here’s where we stand today: there are important government officials, such as President Obama, who are claiming that a single payer system is not their intent with current legislation, and that nothing could be further from the truth. We also have this video compiled by NakedEmperorNews detailing several important officials, including President Obama, detailing their desire for government run, single payer health care.
Watch the video, and witness it for yourself.
A government run single payer system would destroy the private insurance market and force almost everyone to rely on the government for health care. Imagine a system with the efficiency of the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) and the compassion of the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). The exceptions are wealthy individuals who can afford to pay doctors in cash, such as Congressmen.