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reply to post by poet1b
"Free Healthcare" has nothing to do with that.
The USA has the largest defense budget in the world.
Our military has not modernized from a layout perspective. During the 2008 and 2012 election cycles Ron Paul showed that we waste about half our defense budget by not modernizing our military layout. Bases where none are needed etc, wars we shouldn't be involved in, military spending for the war on drugs...
I mean right now, utilizing the navy, we can have 400k boots on the ground anywhere in the world within a few days. We could have tactical insertion teams within minutes or hours. We can nuke anyone from anywhere. We're a pretty dominant force to be reckoned with.
If we reclaimed the wasted money on over seas military we could reclaim half of it for home defense/border protection and STILL have enough to pay for expanded medicare/medicaid as well as fix social security. The problem is the people you vote for always vote to EXPAND military spending, and if you throw more tax dollars at them that's what it will go towards.
So if your issue is with how the USA spends your tax dollars that is where your angst should be. Not trying to claim increased taxes for "free healthcare" is a fix all.
In the UK there is the option of private health care for people who can afford it, but despite frequent criticisms in the press of the NHS, the majority of people don't go private, especially since the recession.