Listen to many of the right-wing opponents of national healthcare and they will tell you that it is socialist or totalitatian. The well-read ones might even pull out the literary reference and assert that it is Orwellian–that the governement will take it over your life, tell you what to do with your health, and set up death panels to decide the final day of your mortal coil. I have always found this argument to contradict reality. Nearly every encounter I have had with private health insurance plans suggests to me that they are well along the way to total biomanagment.
And then I realized where I had seen it before. I was living the classic scene of digital repentance performed by Robert Duvall’s character in George Lucas’ film THX-1138.
The future is here, but it isn’t filled with stark grey corridors that are poorly lit. It looks much more like a scene from Plants Versus Zombies.