Originally Posted by Tombstone RJ
Some comments on this: first, if in the USA the cost of health care was lowered then more people could afford it. This does not mean government involvement, it means breaking up the cartel, allowing the health insurance companies to sell health insurance across state lines, bringing down the cost. Why doesn't the governement first do this instead of obamacare?
Secondly, countries like Japan are very homogenous, that is, everyone looks and acts just like everyone else. You don't see a lot of influx of other races into Japan. Not so in the USA, we are dealing with a very diverse culture. The social welfare state via income redistribution has already failed miserably in the inner cities with minorities. So it's not just as simple as income redistribution.
Also, I'm guessing in countries like Japan, the nuclear family is very healthy, and there is a father in most of the households. IMHO, if you want to look at the breakdown in the USA it's a breakdown of the family unit with one wife ande one husband and the husband staying home helping raise the kids. Until this issue is addressed, especially in the USA, none of what the above video suggests will make any difference IMHO.
Like he explains in the video, culture doesn't matter. Japan and Sweden are about as different as can be, as he points out, and reach a more balanced economy in completely different ways. It's strictly the economics. The most unequal societies (U.S. being the worst in the world) have the most societal issues across the board, from violence, to suicide, to mental illness, etc etc. It's just the numbers.