Those who see socialized medicine as an infringement upon their right not to purchase a product overlook that they are robbing the rest of us of the right to build and live in a community where we don't turn our backs on people dying in the streets simply because they can't afford medical care. What we advocate is an alternative to a scenario where those who can, but don't contribute to the medical pool, sneer "no, I'm not insured. What are you going to do let me die?" after they have a heart attack following their millionth Big Mac or sugary confection.
Conservatives erroneously argue they are paying for prepaid medical care they may never receive or opt for. What they are really asked to pay is the ongoing actuarial and economic risk they present to the rest of us. The conservatives' presumptive rebuttal that treating the uninsured is not an obligation works fine in a world where we shove people into ovens like sardines and turn the gas on. Fortunately, we choose not live there. Sorry if that bothers the recalcitrant conservative individualist inside you, but you are the ones stomping on the fundamental right of the rest of us to live in a community defined by its sanity and humanity rather than its voracious greed.