We didn’t have the law actively curtailing religious freedom in the name of it.
We didn’t have an IRS grown by over 1/3 to enforce it.
We didn’t have the billions in debt necessary to build it.
We also didn’t have the Cadillac tax, or subsidies that put further pressures on those costs.
Nor did mine, but the Mutual Aid Society he was apart of somehow managed to deliver medical care more affordably than we do today, and I don’t buy the argument that it’s all because technology is more expensive now, when the Singaporeans, with an even older population than ours, keep their costs at the level of 3rd world nations.
It is because it sat itself on top of existing problems, advancing the argument for single-payers, and derived its authority by expanding the Commerce Clause.
Government fixing economic or healthcare crises by nationalizing resources, and destroying assets in the name of “controlling prices”, is precisely the sort of back handed control that leads to de-instrialization, recession that span a decade, and cities that simply watch themselves crumble into urban decay.
If A Japanese-like recession where each generation earns the same as the generation before it, or a Detroit like meltdown isn’t in your list of “problems”, then fine, everything’s dandy.
It’s alright for Government take more of your money, curtail your liberty, to no benefit other than its own. We exist simply to serve the system, and the system knows best. Even when it kills us.