According to truecostblog.com, 32 of the world’s leading nations have some form of universal health care, either single payer, two-tier or insurance mandate.
Of course, the United States is not on this list. It is estimated that some 32 million Americans have no health care, some 10 percent of the population. Single payer nations include Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Norway (since 1912), Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
In the two-tier category are Australia, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore. Insurance mandate countries include Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, South Korea and Switzerland. What makes all these countries so different from the U.S.?
Why can’t the U.S. have health care that matches the best that the rest of the civilized world provides?
Could it just be that our government has become so dysfunctional that our elected officials are incapable of coming together to find practical solutions which will benefit the entire populace? What is most probably true is that the health care provided to members of Congress, by itself, is so good that legislators couldn’t care less about providing something even sub-par to that to everyone else. It is also probably true that, if all the members of Congress were provided the same health care coverage as the average individual in this country, there would never be any question about keeping it solvent and available to everyone.