Here in New Zealand we have a healthcare system that should be universal, but there are long waiting lists for most important things.
Personally I think the whole point of paying taxes is to pay for things everybody needs... roads, railway lines, airports, ports, healthcare for everyone, and education at least up until tertiary level.
It seems to me that Americans leave the control of their health to insurance companies... in my limited experience with insurance companies I think that is a bad thing right off the bat.
Isn't it funny how Americans seem to fear big government... something that can be replaced by vote if needed, though I appreciate when there are only two options it is not really much of a choice. Other westerners seem to fear big business... which I think is rather justified.
Here in Dunedin an American company that owns controlling interest in Cadburys has basically decided to close our factory and move all production to Australia.
Our factory was making a profit and can operate cheaper because it does not need to be totally air conditioned like those in Australia do, but there was a chance of making a larger profit with fewer overheads by closing our factory down so they will.
Dunedin is not a huge country with a large population that buys a lot of Cadburys products so they clearly think it wont hurt their bottom line.
Clearly they are thinking about their income to maximise it as much as possible and to be honest I can now pick up a nice New Zealand brand of Chocolate like Whittakers and feel I am getting back at Cadburys and helping a company that continues to make chocolate in New Zealand.
I doubt Cadburys is shaking in their shoes however.