No it is not “Free” as in cost free, but if you pay your taxes it is “free” to the user of health care and other services.
In the US you have lower personal income tax then most other developed countries, but higher Company tax.But is that a reality or just a myth??:
If you add up all taxes, Federal, State and even County tax and contribution to Medicare + the cost of your/your family’s health insurance and pension fund, you come pretty close, if not surpass, what the average European pay in taxes.
The difference is that in most other developed countries all those thing, plus free education and other benefits are paid for through taxes.
It is also a known and documented fact that most large US Corporations don’t pay the full 35% Tax. There are a number of loop holes that enable them to evade taxes, fully legally.
As does most of the high earners in the upper Income Tax brackets. Only the Middle-class and working stiffs actually carry the full burden.
No, this is NOT me being anti-American. go check it for yourself if you don’t believe me.
If you don’t like the idea that some “Welfare Queen” that may need it, gets some of “your money”, but don’t mind that fat cat CEOs and Wall Street speculators get rich from it, then look at the Singapore way. (See post # 14 above)
With that system the taxes are low and monies in your CPF and Medisave account is yours, but can only be used for approved expenses, such as paying your mortgage, invest in shares and funds, pay for additional Health Insurance etc. If there are monies in your accounts when you die, (or migrate) they go to your estate.
The drawback is that you can only use what you have on your accounts. If you get chronically sick or incapacitated at an early age and don’t have additional Health Insurance, the funds may expire before you do.
But the “Nanny State” in Singapore have made sure that nearly all Singaporeans is insured through a system called Medishield, with premium pay from your Medisave account:
The problem is than that you don’t trust the Government, or any Statutory Board under Government auspices, to be efficient and non-corrupt.
Well, I cannot help you there, other than to say; change your Government through democratic means, or move to somewhere that has a system to your liking.
(I can’t think of any suitable country with anarchy to meet those criteria off the cuff)