A car isn’t a basic human need. Neither is a house. Shelter is a basic human need, which is why we have shelters. Food is a basic human need, which is why we have the food stamp program and food kitchens. Health care is a basic human need, but we haven’t properly met that need yet.
People deserve the basics; they must earn anything beyond that (cars and houses and Armani clothes and what have you). In that sense, it’s not really economic equality. It’s more about utilizing the government’s economy of scale, research, and power of negotiation to drive down the cost of healthcare.