The US medical system is at least half socialized, well on its way to full socialized medicine. From Ryan McMaken at mises.org:
US states continue to expand Medicaid, and it’s happening even in so-called “red states.” CNBC, for instance, reports how voters in “red states” Utah, Nebraska, and Idaho all approved ballot issues to expand Medicaid under new Obamacare provisions. Meanwhile, the voters in these states also handed control of state government to Republican governors and legislators.
At the state level at least, the expansion of government healthcare has now become pretty much a given in nearly all states outside of the South.
It continues to be a big issue in state-level elections, such as in Colorado, where the Republican candidate — who lost the election — spent much of his campaign condemning expansion of “government-run” healthcare.
But let’s face it. A great many voters, whether Republican or Democrat, want to hear the magic words “safety net” when it comes to health care. This is why even voters in Idaho, voted to — as they saw it — expand the healthcare safety net.