Re: “‘System’ pales in comparison” (letter, 4-4).
I too have lived in Norway. However, the laudable health care system in Norway comes at a price: taxes, and lots of them.
According to Wikipedia.com, in 2009 the total tax revenue was 41 percent of Norway’s GDP. The tax level in Norway has fluctuated between 40 and 45 percent of GDP since the 1970s. Individuals are taxed up to 47.8 percent, payrolls are taxed up to 14.1percent and the value-added tax is at 25 percent for most purchases.
As a large welfare state, most tax revenue in Norway is spent on public services like health care, education and transportation. National defense is way down the list because the good old USA acts as the world’s peacekeeper.
I don’t really believe most Americans want to fork over more than half their income in taxes, even if it means getting a health care as laudable as that in Norway.