Your precious NHS is not so gold after all
To answer your question , that evil free market allows Entrepreneurs to risk captial .As you can tell Americans are more than willing to pay for the goods they enjoy.
A very significant portion of our taxes funds the system. And even still there are things that are not covered, including most prescription medicine. If a doctor gives you a scrip your private/workplace/etc health insurance either coves it (fully or partially) or you pay out of pocket. Though if you do end up paying out of pocket, it can be written off as a medical expense on your income tax. But you are correct that I don't spend several hundred dollars a month on health insurance. Some people I know in the USA spend more just on their health insurance in a month than I used to MAKE in a month at my old job. Beyond whatever portion of my taxes funds the healthcare system, I think the health plan I get through my school to cover prescriptions and dental and stuff like that is costing me about $300 for the entire year (including the summer months when the school is closed).
We pay less and get more because the health care system encourages people to use it preventatively. For non-emergency things they'd rather treat an ailment in its early stages when the treatments are fairly cheap than wait until it becomes serious and requires more expensive treatments. We do have a smaller military and we spend less per capita on it, we also have far tighter regulation on our banking and credit card industries which helps to prevent a lot of the debt insanity that is troubling so many people in the States. Even so, many Canadians are up to their eyeballs in debt (mostly from buying more house than they need or could afford though, not because of medical expenses), and our Prime Monster would love to break the entire system if we turned our backs on him long enough.
Labour allowed the NHS to privatise parts of itself beyond what the Tories had previously done in the 80's, and what the Tories want now is a privatised system along American lines which would involve people's health being risked.
There's a lot wrong with the NHS, but if you dig up one article from 2009 about a part of the NHS (oh, do you actually grasp what the NHS actually is?) being investigated about corruption in order to bodyswerve answering a question then I really shouldn't be surprised.
The free market should be kept firmly out of people's health.
And really, you've got some serious brass neck talking about 'freedom' when you've been a vocal advocate of imposing restrictions based on your religion upon women's wombs.
Now explain to me in economic terms how the US plans to pay for free health care don't give me the same old tax the rich BS.
The NHA is not reasonably program for the US .
Last edited by Cavemold; 03-04-2012 at 10:05 AM.