VV, I think you also have to take the difference in national mindsets into account.
Quite often, when our (Aus) media does a thorough report on the US health care debate, the commentators take great care to explain that the US does not have a culture of looking after the underdog, as we do here, and that partly explains why there is so much resistance to nationalised medicine - people in your country seem to think "why should I have to pay for someone else's health care?", whereas we tend to subconsciously engage in a mental contract where someone else will look after us in our hour of need, and we'll look after them when we're stronger.
Just a difference in culture, I suppose - it might stem from the fact that a lot of our original Anglo "settlers" were outcasts & underdogs in Britain so wanted things to be a bit fairer in their new country.
VV, you know lots of Australians: I think you know what I mean?
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