I really don't know if I should gloat or feel pity for the lots of ya.
I spoke with an American friend, who had two of his wisdom teeth removed. It cost him 1800 USD in total (after health insurance), 900 for each tooth removed. I had the same thing done to me a year earlier in my homeland, Sweden for the record's sake, and after the exchange rates, I had to pay about 300 SD in total (1800 Swedish Kroner, for record's sake).
Now, I won't just leave now with a simple "Well gee, I have to pay less so suck it, 'Murka" post. I do not have a degree in national economics, nor have I taken any studies in it, so I am not expert, nor will I try and pretend that I am. But having lived in another country than the US, and use the USA as an example in numerous comparison studies in my entire life as a student, there are a few differences that stand out.
I want to know if the simple act of increasing taxes will provide the American people with more beneficial health care, if the taxes where to be increased.
I spoke with someone in the USA, who said that she had to pay around 7% income tax, and that was one of the highest tax rates in the nation. In Sweden, we currently have a 25% income tax (straight to the 'Federal' reserves, a few additional %'s go to the municipalities), and that's the lowest they have been in almost 30 years.
Now, I'm genuinely curious to know, would you be interested in in paying more in tax to decrease the healthcare bills? And would it make a difference/would it even be feasible?