It is cost effective for every other developed country that doesn't rely on private insurers for coverage. And the quality of care is better in many cases.
I don't think you are taking population into account nor are you taking who actually pays federal income taxes into account. A majority of the nations you are talking about have a fraction of the population size of the US. In fact most of those "socialist" nations in Scandinavia have a population of about 21 million... that is the population of Florida, a single state in the US. Denmark has 5.7 million people, New York city has just over 8 million. What you want to do works with smaller populations but I don't think it works in larger populations let alone with populations were there is a larger percentage that don't really pay into the federal system, that brings me to taxes.
A majority of the US population doesn't contribute to the Federal tax base although they do contribute to their state and local taxes via sales tax and other such taxes. Sure they pay their income taxes during the year, but a majority of that is wiped out by the income tax refund they get each year. So in reality the only way to do what you deem "right" is at the state level and then it is by choice of the people who live in those states. I think you will find a majority of the states will go the way Colorado did in 2016, against a push for single payer. When they start to do the math, they won't see the savings in medical over what they will pay in taxes. I'm sure though, that you will always find someone to vote for their free stuff.
Satisfaction with life.
Our inequality is increasing, poverty is increasing, we are gradually moving toward fascism, global warming is not being addressed under this system, education is failing, private prisons are worsening the problem, healthcare is threatened, we are increasingly divided. Do you think all of that promises a good future?
We will have to disagree on how to "solve" inequality and poverty as I don't think any thing the American left wants to do will fix the issues. I think a portion of inequality and poverty have a lot to do with the personal choices people make and the paths they take. I don't think the wealthy are doing anything on purpose to screw the American people, I think that is a left-wing conspiracy theory. I think the US push over the last couple of decades for people to get degree's over a trade education has done more damage to the middle class than anything the "wealthy" have done.
I'm not even going to talk about climate change, I see it as a ploy by the left to take control of the US economy and eliminate portions of the economy they don't like. I'm all for tech and my next car is going to be a Tesla Model 3 but I don't want to see the heavy hand of govt picking winners and losers in this climate debate. Let the market do it's thing, don't let the govt manipulate the market.
Education? You mean the one thing the left-wing in the US has had their full control of for the last several decades, at least since the 1970's? We spend more on education than most developed nations and we have worse results. Education in the US isn't what it used to be and I think the only way to improve our system is to eliminate the teachers unions, teachers themselves are great hard working people, but the unions are nothing more then protection rackets.
Think. Why advertise prescription drugs?
Why advertise anything? Someone created a product and they want to sell it, on top of that there are more than one manufacture of that product so you need to get the word out about yours.
Are we supposed to self-prescribe, -to tell our doctor what drug we want? Does advertising drugs undermine the perceived authority and expertise of doctors? Yes it does.
Of course we don't self-prescribe, but you are also assuming that your Doctor knows about all of the new medicines that are being released. Why can't I ask my Doctor about different drugs? Authority? That sure is a weird word to use in relation to Dr's.
Doctors will tell you that some patients tell them what drug they want and if the doctor won't prescribe it, they will go to another doctor who will do what the patient wants him to do.
I think you are confusing "drug/doctor" shopping for by drug addicts vs someone with asthma or diabetes wanting to try a medicine they saw a commercial for. My sister who has been a nurse for about 20 years has tons of stories about the "shoppers" and won't take a job in the ER because of it.
Ask doctors like I did. They will tell you. Advertising drugs is completely inappropriate as we are not to be consumers who make decisions about drugs.
I don't go to the Dr. that often but the next time I'm there, I'll ask, but I disagree that we as patients are not also consumers and should have information and knowledge about the drugs and treatments that are available to us. My grandfather was a Dr. in Chicago and I remember him telling me that as a patient we should have as much information as possible to make our medical decisions, he said to take a single opinion on serious matters of health was silly and short sighted. I think any Doctor who disagrees with this is a narcissist.
"End"? I didn't say "end". I said "less". And you lack objective knowledge of our wars if you think they are not often waged for the benefit of big business, -usually oil corporations. Right now Venezuela is being threatened by our Child in Chief. I don't suppose you know the depth and breadth of the propaganda we've been subjected to regarding Venezuela.
We won't be able to discuss this issue if you think what is going on in Venezuela is nothing more than propaganda against socialism. I think your take on modern war is shortsighted and bias against big business. I look at war through history and humanity is not a gentle beast and we will never be as peaceful as you think they will be.
This is why the right is so conservative and pro USA no matter what. Remember "love it or leave it"? The right is uninformed misinformed on so many things. What I remember is that we had very little homelessness until Reagan defunded mental health centers and did a few other things. Homelessness, like so many of our problems, is an economic problem created by our economic system.
The left's favorite punching bag, Reagan. What Reagan did was return the funding from the federal govt back to the states. Do you not recall the stories of how poorly people were treated by these institutions there were placed in? There was a reason these places closed and Reagan had very little to do with it.
Sounds like a good idea but this should be done at the state level and not at the Federal level, it should also be a choice by the company owners on their employers. If the owners of the company don't agree with such a setup, then there should be no way to force them to do this and at the federal level is is what is likely to happen, not with a right leaning govt mind you but if the left got the power it would be forced on company owners nation wide. Anything like this at the Federal level is a no go for me.