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3 3, 2:02am
You quoted Karl Marx as your "socialist principle". As an American and a capitalist, you already lost me on that line alone. But I'll try to work past it; Productivity due to free higher education - if what you say is true, you'd expect all of the Nordic countries to have a higher GDP than the United States. Only Norway is higher. Therefore I refute your assertion that free higher education leads to higher wages as the evidence does not support the claim.
)_per_capita If you'd like to use a different measurement we can discuss.
Better health care access due to universal health care - This whole topic is a mess and there are benefits to both systems. The reason it is a mess is because in the USA, it is illegal for medical services to deny life saving treatments and a variety of lesser services. Nobody in the USA is turned away without treatment for life threatening conditions. Now it is true that if you have something killing you slowly, as cancer and other things can be, the government will not foot the bill. Sometimes treatments are indeed very expensive. On the other side, some expensive treatments are simply not covered at all in Universal Health Care systems of other countries, or the wait is so long that you will die waiting for the appointment. So if you want timely treatment, you must travel to another country and pay for it yourself. I don't like the way the American health care system is implemented, but I also don't trust our government to allocate the money effectively. I accept individual states implementing their own universal health care systems as they see fit, but I don't believe it is a federal issue. That's the nice thing about the State system in the USA, nothing is stopping each state from implementing its own take on the problem and finding a great solution. Many of our states have higher populations and GDPs than European countries, and as such should be fully capable of funding such experiments.