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In a separate thread advocatus posted:
I have a while ago looked intensively at studies comparing the efficiency of healthcare systems internationally.

You can't consider these statistics in a vacuum. Here is some context to these figures:
Germany's Schroeder Stalls SPD Calls to Boost Taxes on Wealthy
Gross domestic product shrank 0.2 percent last quarter and unemployment is at the highest in more than five years, eroding tax revenue and swelling welfare costs.

The already dreary European economic outlook darkened considerably when Germany, Italy and the Netherlands said last week that their economies shrank in the first quarter. Germany and the Netherlands are now in recession, according to the textbook definition of two consecutive quarters of decline in gross domestic product. This week, France steps up with its estimate of first-quarter growth. Can it, unilaterally, keep the euro zone from joining Germany and the Netherlands in recession. Probably not. Though the outlook in France is not as dire as in Germany, it is hardly upbeat. Most economists expect French gross domestic product, which will be announced Tuesday, to be unchanged or only marginally positive compared with the final quarter of last year.

Meantime, US unemployment is about 6% and we are growing at over 2%, by far the best of any wealthy country. This is not a coincidence. As mentioned in the articles, high welfare costs are bankrupting the socialist oriented Western European countries.

People love the welfare state so long as someone else is paying for it. Eventually the free lunch runs out and the result is economic stagnation, high unemployment, and forced cutbacks in benefits.

Why should the US go down this road, which is so obviously failing?

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