Our country was founded by a bunch of dour Scot Calvinists. There were other folks there, but the flavor was pretty well set. Came here, set up, killed or ran off the old inhabitants, and then proceeded to work their asses off.
That is what I want to talk about here. The protestant work ethic and the amazingly unchristian way that it is used here in the USA. I am speaking here of the health care system (or I prefer to refer to it, the health care market). In good solid God-fearing America, the idea of health care being provided by the Government is a sign of abject failure. Since the protestant work ethic says that if you work hard, God will provide for you, and if you don’t get what you want, then you either didn’t work hard enough of you don’t deserve it. In other words, if you are poor and out of money and need medical care, you didn’t deserve it in the first place.
Now, when this kind of stuff happens in Kenya or Baluchistan, no one bats an eye. These are poor countries and life is close to the edge there. But I can’t think of another country in the top tier where this is allowed to happen.