Is there any evidence of that happening in places where there is universal healthcare?
I think the big problem is that US citizens tend to see socialism in its worse light. Essentially, Stalinism, Maoism, Juche and so on. However, there isn’t much evidence that national health schemes lead to worse care.
Ironically, though, I find that throughout the world, healthcare is a lot cheaper primarily because it is not managed through insurance in most places. Like I point out to friends all the time, if you had to go through your car insurance to fix a flat tire, it would cost $150 dollars and you’d have to make the appointment two weeks in advance.
We’re already in a system that isn’t truly capitalist or free market. It’s a bureaucratically managed mess, and that really applies to a lot of the industries in the country from telecommunications to transportation to utilities to energy production. They aren’t really capitalist or competitive nor are they government managed.
It’s more like we are in some sort of large trust-based economy with massive players organizing the industrial and financial systems to their benefit while limiting the power and choice of labor and consumers.
however, back to its relationship with the diversity issue, I do think that irrespective of the merits of the debate, no matter what one side argues, it will primarily be used to create division and that division stagnates as a political issue and draws attention away from the power of economic collectivization. Working class whites, Africans, Latinos, gay and straight, conservative or liberal, all share serious interests, but tend to fight over social issues and avoid working together for economic advancement.