What they're proposing may be approaching "universal," but it is going to come with a universally expensive price tag too. Just ask the folks up in Wisconsin:
Cheese HeadcasesBefore I suggest that these people have lost their collective minds, I should mention the fact that the state of Wisconsin is controlled by a Democrat governor.
Wisconsin reveals the cost of "universal" health care.
The Wall Street Journal
When Louis Brandeis praised the 50 states as "laboratories of democracy," he didn't claim that every policy experiment would work. So we hope the eyes of America will turn to Wisconsin, and the effort by Madison Democrats to make that "progressive" state a Petri dish for government-run health care.
This exercise is especially instructive, because it reveals where the "single-payer," universal coverage folks end up. Democrats who run the Wisconsin Senate have dropped the Washington pretense of incremental health-care reform and moved directly to passing a plan to insure every resident under the age of 65 in the state. And, wow, is "free" health care expensive. The plan would cost an estimated $15.2 billion, or $3 billion more than the state currently collects in all income, sales and corporate income taxes. It represents an average of $510 a month in higher taxes for every Wisconsin worker. (link)
But lost their freaking minds he and they have. $510 a month per worker. And that's just for starters. The cost will most assuredly skyrocket from there.
Those of you who think health care comes from Santa Claus should wise up. Nothing in life is free, regardless what all these Democrats want you to believe. You demand a comprehensive - and free - plan? Prepare to take out a second mortgage.