Health care is a luxury? Really now? The US has state of the art medical technology and very good doctors, but the cost for actually going to a doctor in case you have a medical problem, well, that is a sci-fi story in terms of numbers. I see many people treating health care as a business. This can only go half away because you can't actually talk about a human being's health in terms of money. You can't put a price on someone's life. Insurance companies in the US do that. Some companies prefer being sued rather than paying even insured people because it's cheaper than the treatment. So I prefer Universal Health Insurance because it's more fair and moral above all.I think you hit the nail on the head, FL. Too many people looking for a free ride.
Now let's talk about Germany: I don't know how many of you know but Germany had to close down hospitals because their prevention methods are so good that people don't get sick as they once did. Also they have a MANDATORY 6 months or annual checkup. If you refuse doing that you get fined and you will go to see a doctor eventually. How many fines can you afford?
So instead of talking about who is right and wrong let's follow the example of the best and that's Germany from my point of view. If they had to close down hospitals because they didn't have patients anymore, well, that says a lot about their strategy: IT WORKS!!