France is often touted as a shining example of how governments can provide universal health care in a cost-effective manner. Hence, as the flaws in Canada and England become more apparent to Americans, many on the political left are pointing to France as the model to emulate.
...France claims it long ago achieved much of what today's U.S. health-care overhaul is seeking: It covers everyone, and provides what supporters say is high-quality care. But soaring costs are pushing the system into crisis. The result: As Congress fights over whether America should be more like France, the French government is trying to borrow U.S. tactics.
One key problem is that the system is founded on socialist premises:
...French taxpayers fund a state health insurer, Assurance Maladie, proportionally to their income, and patients get treatment even if they can't pay for it.
In other words, following the Marxist principle of, "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need".
The inevitable result:
...[S]ervice cuts -- such as the closure of a maternity ward near Ms. Cuccarolo's home -- are prompting complaints from patients, doctors and nurses that care is being rationed. That concern echos worries among some Americans that the U.S. changes could lead to rationing.