There remains 2 things that nobody seems to talk about, on either side.
The first is what the right call the Healthcare Market. This infers that there is a competitive market, in the healthcare industry. This is what the Republicans base their entire arugment on against Obamacare, ie. if we didn't have all them bad regulations and mandates, which force the healthcare industry to not compete, were removed (including the ACA), the healthcare would actually start competing.
The other is that the entire rest of the world, which provides healthcare for their citizens, are, according to our 'leaders', doing it all wrong. They actually control the costs of healthcare, from the drugs to the care itself. I keep watching this stuff on TV and nobody ever mentions any of this. This is also, for instance, why one can goto Canada and buy drugs for less than half what they cost in America, even though they are manufactured by, exactly, the same companies that sell those same drugs in America. The really strange thing is that the drug companies themselves, seem to be able to make money at those prices. In America we not only do not control those costs but have actually passed laws that make it illegal to buy your drugs in Canada and another law that denies our own government from dickering with the drug companies.
In countries that do provide health care, like Canada, they consider healthcare to be a social service that citizens have a right to. In other words healthcare is NOT a for profit industry but a social service paid for through taxes. For those who believe that people in Canada hate their healthcare I would suggest you go up there and ask if they would rather have our system. They don't even bother to say anything, they just laugh and walk away. (the laugh, I believe, is AT us - they think we are crazy in this regard).
In other words our elected class seems to be a whole not more interested in the welfare of insurance companies (just another ongoing middleman that adds costs and little else), and all the rest of the healthcare industry (we are told it eats up almost 18% of our GDP!). Our healthcare costs are the 3rd highest in the entire world!
(nationmaster is a great place for verified stats)
our life expectancy is 49th in the world.http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Health/Life-expectancy-at-birth/Total-population
Basically, the United States of America has the 3rd largest healthcare in the world but we live shorter lives that 48 other nations. You can goto nationmaster and check it out. ALL of our healthcare stats are bad, ie. we are getting royally screwed by our own elected and, as far as I am concerned our political parties as well. This stuff did not happen under the right or left it happened no matter who was in charge and continues today. If you pay attention to this stuff you will also note that NOBODY calls the right on their "healthcare market" even though they base their own argument on that one. NOBODY mentions that everybody else controls their healthcare costs - its just not mentioned. If there was ever a question about the American electorate having the ability to vote in their own best interest I would humbly suggest that healthcare is not, exactly, a glowing example of the American electorate at its very best.
Please note, this was just about healthcare. I have yet to see anything on education and I might post something about that one. A couple basic facts, however. The rest of the world teaches their children all year long. Here we have summer off, Christmas vacation, Easter vacation, teacher meetings, etc. which will add approximately another month to the 3 lost in the summer. All this and we can't figure out how the rest of the world does better. One can only wonder if our wealth and pride have turned off our minds.http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/United-States/Education
Basically, I think, we tend to belong to the "Bend Over Red Rover" wishful thinking club.
Since there are a number of sites in this one I am sticking it the member suggested sites place.