Just some things I've been thinking about.
Most American's don't have a problem with offering/requiring education for all children.
Even people without children and those whose children are grown up still pay to educate the younger generations.
The rational is that we all have an interest in developing a productive and prepared workforce so our country can compete in the global market.
We all benefit from a strong and well educated populous, so we all chip in to pay for it.
It's a form of national security in a way.
Can't the same philosophy be applied to health care? The healthier we are as a nation, the stronger we are as a national workforce. Also, financial inefficiency in our health care system is ultimately a burden on the country as a whole.
Won't we all benefit from a physically healthier nation that spends less money in the process?
And one more thing. We have more people incarcerated than any other country on Earth. Most of them are nonviolent offenders. Why is this so? What does this do for the viability of our country. Imagine the wasted human resources we have just sitting in cells. Imagine the economic strain of keeping them there.
Can't we do better job of keeping people out of jails and in the workforce and with their families/children where they can be more productive?
My point is...
As a nation, it seems we view education, health care and incarceration in very different ways, yet all 3 have similar affects on the global competitiveness of America.