For many European politicians, the way the US of A is governed, is a reason for them to get spontaneous orgasms. Such a large part of the world, with so many different cultures and people, that is what they are trying to do with Europe. Don't get me wrong, I am very much PRO 'One Europe'. But whereas the US has had 200 or 300 years head start on Europe, it also has one big thing, they all speak the same language. And damn you Peter Stuyvesant, for trading New Amsterdam for that puny shit hole they call Surinam these days. You lot would be speaking Dutch instead of English.
The Netherlands, where I hail from, is different in just about everything. We have at any given moment in time, more than 10, but sometimes closer than 20 political parties in parliament. It has been less and the Dutch felt it wasn't good. 'We' feel it is not good for one party to rule (and we laugh about the idea that one party holds Office, while the other party rules the country). We are known and liked for our freedom. First amongst many to have legalised same sex marriage, sort of like allowed weed (you can hold up to 5grams, you can smoke any amount, if you smoke a joint of a kilo, you are untouchable, if you hold it in your hands with no fire in it, you go to jail). The Red Light district of Amstershite is famous, or should I say infamous? (The biggest fable of this world is that you can only do those things in Amsterdam, but you can do all the same, for half the money or less in any other city, village and town)
But we also have this care system. Since the mid '50s, there is social security based on human rights. Each individual has a right to have at least to live and to be cared for. Even those who cannot afford the current health care system, will be helped in a state of emergency. If they have a heart attack or worse even, car crash, they will get free care. If you are unlucky enough to fall victim to the bad economical sitations, you have a right for some money to keep you going. It is not much, but it is just about enough. You will have to work to get out of the situation, no one is guaranteed a life long stay in social care anymore, but they at least give you chance.
Thing is, most people rent, it's about 60-40 these days. It used to be 85-15, buying isn't 'of the Dutch' They rich ones yes, but us 'plebs' no. So it is sort of like affordable for the government to help 'us' out.
Having said all this, and it's mainly off topic, apologies for that, could it be that the whole claim culture has ruined any chance of a good decent solid health care system and it is happening here in England as well. I am trained medic from my (*long gone) army days. If I see a person having a seizure, I act, react, help, but it is not uncommon anymore to sue those who help.