A while back there in the jungle, I mentioned to Edwardo that if you paid your nickel to a private insurance company in order to get your health care, or if you paid you nickel into the state social security system in France, YOU WERE STILL ASSISTED, because essentially, you were paying your nickel IN THE EXPECTATION that paying it would get you taken care of, in one way or another. Don't let the ideology fool you, my friends.
Some 10 years ago, I remember receiving an American college student in psychotherapy for a period of around three months. What I remember was how overwhelming the insurance paperwork was. How... intrusive the questions were. How the answers I was supposed to stick down were immediately available for my patient (some would say necessary transparency, but being obliged to stick down a psychiatric "diagnosis" after one consultation is a little bit like being asked to pull a rabbit out of a hat. A psychiatric diagnosis takes time, and observation, and handing it out to your patient is like taking a red felt pen, and marking the diagnosis on his forehead, for him and all the world to see. In psychiatry, this is totally counterproductive.).
All of this to "justify" those $$$$$ spent.
At the same time, our system was (and still is) not intrusive this way.
I feel as though you guys are operating under major prejudices about just what life in Europe (in France) is like.
Like, you think that we are all ASSISTED.
This is a big fat lie.
Life in France is light years away from life under the Communist regimes, and always has been.
As a matter of fact, I keep griping about the fact that this country is much more individualist than the U.S. There is LESS solidarity than in the U.S. More conformism, to a certain extent, but the conformism does not make this society an assisted one.
And as for the civil servants, the fonctionnaires, as they are known here...
That is ONE way to solve the employment problem.
So... are YOU going to dump on the Europeans because they have JOBS ??
Let me laugh a little bit.
JUST BECAUSE THOSE JOBS ARE GOVERNMENT JOBS, and not PRIVATE sector jobs, you are going to shit on them for ideological reasons ??
Let me laugh a little bit.
American chest beating tires me out.
At a time when the private sector banks are taking the planet down, YOU ARE GOING TO GO ALL OUT ROOTING FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR, and give lessons to the Europeans about the welfare state ??
Count me out.
What REALLY gets me frantic is that France, for the last ten years, has been blithely destroying its excellent health care, in order to have care that resembles American care.
Whereas I left the U.S. 30 years ago to get away from the place, and find life, liberty and the right to pursue happiness ELSEWHERE.