GalacticGoatFeatured By OwnerFeb 12, 2013Hobbyist General Artist
Yay, we're number 6... which is honestly not bad considering there is a lot of nations in the world . Actually kinda funny that #5 is actually a country I've wanted to move to but wasn't aware was that happy. Really, New Zealand is such a pretty country ;n;
GalacticGoatFeatured By OwnerFeb 13, 2013Hobbyist General Artist
Well I'm one of those o.o I'm an atheist but not really an outspoken one by any stretch of the imagination. I mean if someone asked me religious question I will answer truthfully but otherwise you wouldn't know.
Also I not that surprised considering most complaints I hear about people living here are things they can get over easily and not like things that the country really needs to change in order to be functional ._.
Wow ... 12th? Quite a bit of accomplishment in spite of lack of universal health coverage, and not so spectacular performance in other departments like education, and so on.
On the other hand, there are a plenty of Americans here and there who still cling to the belief that the US is the best place in the world, even though this applies if and only if one belongs to the establishment.
Now that I am thinking about it, this 12th place has been landed into by accident. If we were to take the logic of CREMF (conservative-right-evangelical-moronic flatulence) to its logical extremes, ranking higher in indices associated with general well-being and human-development is an abomination. This abomination cannot stand!
FBI should put them under their watch list. Be very very weary of strongly religiously or ideologically bent groups. 'True believers' are on a 'mission' from 'God' or 'Whomever' and thus capable of causing quite a bit of mess if they go unchecked.
Being an electoral democracy is virtually a given – of the top 20 most prosperous countries, only Singapore and Hong Kong aren't democracies. Being small also seems to help. Big countries with heterogeneous populations are more unwieldy; disparate groups make it harder for a society to build social cohesion and trust.
What else? They are all borderline socialist states, with generous welfare benefits and lots of redistribution of wealth. Yet they don't let that socialism cross the line into autocracy. Civil liberties are abundant (consider decriminalized drugs and prostitution in the Netherlands). There are few restrictions on the flow of capital or of labor.
Everyone shares, everyone gains. Everyone can see the doctor when they need to. Going to school won't put you in debt for 20 years.
Did I miss anything?
Try pulling that off in a country with nearly 315 million people. Not 31 million (a little less than Canada's), but 315 million.
315 million people, with 250 million of them contributing to universal health care is probably do-able. It's even more do-able if there are proactive measures taken to directly affect the epidemics of obesity and diabetes.
Anyway, I'm still very skeptical about universal health care coming to fruition in the U.S. I really don't see how that can get done. And I'm not happy with some aspects of Obamacare (they sound inefficient).
Can't people who are already able to afford health insurance stick with their original provider instead of being forced to enroll in a government plan? My family's insurance is fine.