I know this would never happen in reality, unless perhaps some brand new country were established somewhere. Maybe if man ever colonizes other planets or something. But uh, everyone seems to hate socialism. Well, like anything it's got it's advantages and disadvantages. So what if you took all it's best elements, and combined them with the best elements of what we have here today. Say we had paid healthcare and all that jazz. But, we still kept our capitalist ways in every other aspect? I think that just cause you have some socialism, doesn't necessarily mean that you have to live under tyranical communist rule. I mean we already have to pay for old people's medicare, and social security. So we're not actually true capitalists, in reality. If we were, we would not help anyone who did not secure their future so that they could help themselves. Which would seem kind of mean but hey, why is it my fault that someone never went to college? A friend of mine from Canada says his that what they take out of his check every paycheck is about $78. Now ain't I already paying $35 per check for freaking medicare? I think i could muster the other funds for free freaking healthcare. Thoughts?
The fuck we don't! What would be a better system is instead of giving that money to the government to distribute it to the leeches regardless of if the payer (you and I) use the healthcare system or not, put that 35 bucks (or whatever amount) into a separate health care savings style account. That way it's your own money to use as often as you want, but only up until the point that it's gone. Abuse it, you're fucked. Save it for when you break an arm or something, and you'll have a nice chunk of change there for when you need it. I would be much more willing to choose to put 50 bucks a week or so into a medical account that only I would have access to, and make it so that it can only be used for medical issues. Kinda of like how they set up food stamp cards that only pay for food, but if you've got non-food items on the bill, they get paid for in cash.
Apply the same idea to Social Security. Yeah, as of right now the old bastards collecting would be fucked since the gov't fucked it away and didnt do a large account for them to pay into, but it would be a much better system. Take the couple thousand bucks a year that we pay per year and put in an interest-building account that you can access when you feel like retiring. Kinda like an IRA but without the huge ass penalties to access your money. Sure, if you need it for emergencies before retirement, i suppose it would be accessible, but not without a bunch of paperwork and shit. Regardless of the smaller details, i think it's a much better idea, and you dont have to be pissed about people leeching off of your money, and if all the money you've paid into the system for your entire life will be available when you're ready for it. Goes back to that whole "I worked hard for this money, get your hands off my shit" idea.
Bottom line... you work for it and pay into it, you can have the benefits. Dont work? you're fucked pal!