reply to post by beezzer
Technically, I am also forced to pay 10% of my salary for healthcare, although there are no insurance companies and if I am unemployed I do not have
to pay anything. There are no deductibles and no contracts, just everyone puts 10% of their salary in the budget, government distributes it among
hospitals and when someone needs help they get it without any extra costs.
In Soviet Union, there were far more forced things. Nearly everything was government owned. Farm houses were told how many animals they were legally
allowed to have, inspection were uncommon. Every farmer was forced to sell their milk to kolkhoz, who distributed it. After finishing university you
were forced to some place to work. You had not much option where you want to work, as everything was government owned, unless you had contacts as
corruption was extrem. You could have easily told to go to the other side of the country and work there in some rural area. Free speech or religion
were not allowed. You were not forced to pay taxes, as everyone were paid by the government and the profits went to government budget. Everybody were
forced to work and given a house/apartment. Literature,TV everything was highly controlled that nothing negative is said and everything would be full
I do not say things overally were that bad. Basic needs costs - food, housing, books- were extremely cheap, cost nearly nothing, education did not
cost anything, guaranteed job for everybody. To be honest, there are many older people in Post-Soviet countries who wish these days back as the new
economies are not so strong yet and they can afford far less than back in the days, even when working.
But well, all that is another story, but as you can see, current US is very far from what USSR was like. Basically any taxation or law can be taken
as government-mandated, government making the rules. That is what it is like in every country in the world.
I agree that Obamacare has its issues, although I would like to ask you a question : Would Democrats have been able to push through universal
healthcare law in the current United States?
I personally highly doubt so.
1) There are many Republicans who are highly against it, even when at the end it might cost them less and remove any financial worries from health
2) In the current economy losing possibly millions of jobs from insurance industry
3) Individualistic culture, very self-centered.
All that alone would make it nearly impossible to push something like that through, it would be political suicide for the party, even if in the
long-run it might be far better solution for the nation.
I personally see the new healthcare a step close to universal healthcare. Currently is simply the beginning of this, the panic. Wait for a couple of
years, until it fully takes effects and the markets settle. I still do believe it might work out quite well in the end, definitely better than the
previous one, although it might take a couple if not more years for it to settle.
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