I agree that the government, being made up of folks whose campaigns are financed by insurance companies and Big Pharma, is not likely to come up with a rational public plan that will actually work efficiently and economically.
That said, it is obscene that the United States is viewed by other countries as being barbaric when it comes to health care. It is obscene that our country's health care ranks 37th among the countries of the world - behind many 'third world' nations whose records are less than stellar when it comes to other human rights issues, and who have far fewer resources to spare.
And it is obscene that working people in the United States, people who have always been "responsible for themselves," frequently are bankrupted and rendered homeless by the simple and uncontrollable happenstance of becoming seriously ill.
Equating a public health care option with socialized government is like equating public schooling and public libraries with socialized government. There are certain things that people generally feel are critical to a rational/ordered/moral society. Education and health care tend to run at the top of the list for most countries, as those two issues have far-reaching impact on other aspects of a society's long-term survivability.
This is not a constitutional issue.
This is certainly not an issue of being responsible and self-reliant. Most of the people hurt by our current system are not the 'permanently unemployed' - they already get public health care. It is those who work hard at running their small businesses and those who struggle along in low-paying jobs that provide low-to-no benefits who suffer under the current system. And to a lesser degree, it is those of us who pay outrageously high premiums for our health insurance because of the cost to the system of treating people for whom Emergency and Critical Care are the only economically possible options.
This is a social issue. It is an economic issue. It is a moral and ethical issue.
I think it's (highly) unlikely that the currently proposed plan is going to work. What I am hoping is that it will put a foot in the door, and that once the door is open, we will eventually work our way around to a system that will be better than what we have now.
I don't hope for a perfect system, by any means - just a better one. Some day. Probably after I am gone, but hopefully before my son enters his dotage.