Let's imagine a hypothetical situation occurring after government-run health care becomes a reality in America.
Jim and Jane are a married Catholic couple with four children. Jim works for a small company which dropped private insurance two years ago, choosing instead to offer the government plan to its workers as a way of saving money. Jim and Jane aren't thrilled with the coverage they get, but they can't afford to buy private insurance, and new laws make it illegal to purchase private insurance if you're already on the government plan, anyway. They had to change pediatricians because their former doctor retired; he couldn't make a decent living anymore, and got tired of spending more time doing paperwork than seeing patients. Their new pediatrician is one of a huge group, and it seems that every time their children have to see a doctor they see a different member of the group. The rapport they had with their old doctor is gone, and the new pediatric group has noted the family's homeschooling under a list of "warning signs" for abuse; when the family's two-year-old bruised his knee falling off of his tricycle, the family had to speak to a child protective services worker before the incident was agreed to be an accident.
Jane discovers that she is expecting baby number five. She's excited, but a bit nervous--her pro-life, NFP only doctor had to quit because it's illegal for an OB/Gyn not to provide contraception or to refuse to refer for abortions now. She's only seen her new OB once, and this doctor chided her for having four children, and clearly doesn't share the family's values. But under the government plan this is the only OB Jane can see in her area.
Jane puts her OB visit off as long as possible, but finally heads in early in the second trimester. The doctor is severe: she should have come earlier. She's showing some signs of anemia. The doctor schedules an ultrasound, as it's nearly time for one of the two permitted scans--more than two ultrasounds aren't allowed.
The ultrasound shows a problem. The baby, a boy, shows signs of a fetal bladder obstruction. Prognosis is good, provided a fetal surgery can be done to correct the problem. Jane and Jim are worried, but talk to the doctor about scheduling the surgery.
That's when they find out that the surgery is considered an elective option, not covered by the government insurance plan in their circumstances. They already have four children, so extraordinary measures to prolong the life of this one aren't allowed. Termination of pregnancy, says the OB, is far less expensive than the fetal surgery. Jane has three options: she can come up with the $150,000 to pay for her hospitalization and the fetal surgery (a significantly reduced rate based on the family's income, the doctor says), she can terminate the pregnancy, or she can continue the pregnancy knowing that the failure to correct the obstructed bladder while the baby is in utero will quite likely result in fetal or neonate death. Should she choose the third option, she is still only permitted one further ultrasound to assess the baby's health and development, so she will likely not know how he is doing or whether he is in any distress. The doctor strongly recommends termination, followed by a tubal ligation; that's her "best medical recommendation," she says firmly.
Jim and Jane are devastated. There's no way they will kill their child with an abortion--but they also can't even possibly come up with the money for the surgery on their own. They have no choice but to hope their baby survives until birth, and to present his case to the hospital's board in the hopes that he will be permitted to receive the life-saving surgery at that point. There is, however, no guarantee that that will happen; it's more likely that the hospital will refuse to cover any intervention since the government insurance plan won't pay for it, and will instead offer a much more affordable "painless death" to their ill newborn.
Anyone who thinks this sort of thing won't happen under a government-run health care system hasn't been paying attention. Our government is officially anti-life. Pressures to keep the costs down will be huge. And saving the lives of critically ill unborn children is going to be very, very low on the priorities list--especially when abortion is so cheap.