I will take an Iced Half-calf Quad Venti Sugar-Free-Hazelnut Soy three sugar with whip Mocha Valencia. And please shoot me in both kneecaps afterwards.
Let me tell you all a little story about public heathcare:
A friend of mine (Chirs, he's a professional muscian who toured with Micheal Jackson in the 80s and has more money than I'll ever see in my entire life, even on TV) told me that his wife Lea had a filling that fell out. She went to the dentist, who promptly gave her a $2500 estimate for putting it back in.
She is Japanese, and instead took a trip over to Japan. The dentist there fixed it for her and apologized profusely that since she didn't have Japanese health insurance that he would have to charge her something. The cost? $20.
A question to our Japanese/Canadian/UK members: How well do doctors, nurses, dentists, people in the medical profession live in your countries? My guess is that they problably make a salary comprable to what doctors here in the U.S. make.
Now, tell me how exactly public medicine is a bad thing?
I know a lot of the members here are international travelersand have experienced life here in America and have compared it to living abroad. Let me be the first to apologise for the land of the free.
In Japan, the trains run on time. The streets are clean. You can go up to a vending machine, in the street, and buy ALCOHOL. People follow the goddammed law. You think that would ever for a second be attempted here? No way. A bunch of 14 year old kids would commando-raid that machine in five minutes.
In England you don't have to fear the cops. They are there to help you. They don't have a habit of, oh, beating the shit out of you for no reason. My dad is a cop, trust me I know what I'm talking about. When you need help in the UK, wether you're sick, or poor, or need a job, or whatever, you can get it. They don't have millions of insane people living out of cardboard boxes.
Now the question is, not what do these countries have that we don't, it's what is it that makes America so great? Why despite the crappy educational system, the non-existant saftey net, the brutal police that only care about filling up prisions, the death industry that passes for health care, what is it that makes millions of people leave their countries and come here to live?
Because, in America, if you're smart and work your ass off, you can start with nothing and make something of yourself. That aspect is the one thing that hasn't changed in 200 years.
But not everyone is an entrepanuer, some people just want to live and work and mind thier own business. And those are the people who get shafted everytime one of these rednecks takes over and acts like they own everything.
It's embarrassing to go to any other industrialized nation, see how they live, and then come back here and wonder "Why can't my country be like that?" Some people would tell me to just leave, but I don't want to leave. I love this country. I want to make it better. And that's not going to happen when all people care about is taxes, religion, and the "moral decay of society." It's bullshit.
Anyway... crazy rant is now over.
P.S. People actually order shit like the drink listed above. I work at Starbucks. You can shoot me now.