Really? I mean, has this guy not heard and seen all that has gone on when government controls? Maybe this administration is fairly benign (it's not). But what about the next? or the next? Or the one after that? Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Amin, Castro, Kim? All had (or have) complete power. Did he not read "The Prince"? What do we have to fear from government? How about everything.
Now to the meat of the story.
Investor's Business Daily (IBD) says Medicare ain't so great. And they lay out the evidence pretty well. Zelizer cites polling data, while IBD points to the hard economic data. Opinion (especially of those on Medicare) is going to have bias. Numbers don't lie. This should be the overriding economic concern:
Medicare has also become an enormously expensive part of the federal budget, requiring significant increases in payroll taxes while squeezing discretionary spending for other policies.
So Zelizer is OK with this? If Medicare, which, by Zelizer's count, services 40 million and is out-of-cost control, what's going to happen when 8 times that number are covered? Medicare is going broke. Do we want that for the rest of the budget?
And let's add to it that nothing in any federal scheme addresses any of the rootcauses of the high cost of healthcare.
Zelizer is living on a different planet.