(Original post by Erich Hartmann)
Long ago I used to be living in Seattle, Washington. during that time I used to drive a lot to a town rather close to the Canadian border, Bellingham was the name of it... nice place and it had one of the best ever Chinese food I've had outside of Asia which we would go to just for kicks plus to do some shopping as some food stuff were cheaper there than it was in Seattle.
Heh... once we stopped by at a hospital to visit one cute Swedish girl who was doing an internship... so happened I parked at the long stay carpark.... I had to ask someone whether we were still in USA because the carpark was full of Canadian cars. I was asking the manager of that cute Swede why there were so many Canadian cars in the long stay car park only to be told that hospital had almost 60% of patients from Canada, she even showed me some of the adverts the hospital placed giving special discounts to Canadians... surprising many came for cardiac related surgeries, some came for knee and hip replacement surgery and another bunch came just to see a specialist because there was a special deal for Canadians that could pay either by cash or card, all they had to pay was US$55 for a first opinion and for another US$15 they could get a 2nd opinion from another doctor within the hospital. If you were deemed to be a good candidate where the possibility of a complication was remote then they would perform that surgery for you at a lower cost than if you paid for it with US health insurance.
It amazed all of us then since we were all rather young at that time... and had no idea that to get a heart bypass there was such a thing as a waiting list in Canada and we seriously thought that must be one of the most blatant abuses of human rights if one can't get a life-saving surgery like that immediately.
I'm pretty sure if tomorrow the NHS model was transplanted in most US states one thing for certain taxes will sky rocket far more than what most families will pay for health insurance.
How strange, in 2002 while I was living in NJ it used to be common to hear radio talk shows on how good the US healthcare system were because they compared it to the NHS surprisingly they usually took it from the BBC.
Let's just say when my then boss told me I'm being sent to Britain I negotiated to have my US health insurance cover maintained and I had access to private health care while in Britain.... having said that, private healthcare in Britain is as good as any of those in US other than the specialized ones which are by far superior in US.
Where do you get the idea that the majority of Americans are poorly educated?
Social infrastructure? You like the dependency and entitlement culture that's now rife in Britain I suppose?
Actually I would dispute it with you that if you can't make it in Britain you won't make it in USA.... every year thousands of people from Asia make it to USA and most that do settle there end up making it big... just look at the number of Indian nationals working in the Silicon Valley. Go to any hospital in US, guaranteed you will somehow somewhere find one Indian or Arab doctor. Tell me something....... how come most South Asians in Britain either work in a curry house or are jobless?
Every year thousands of people who are ethnic Chinese, Japanese or Koreans make it to USA, many of them become top students at their Ivy League universities and many of these end up in some of the most competitive companies in the field. How come till today despite Britain having Chinese people since the 18th century the only famous oriental person holding a high position in an organization in Britain is Nottingham University? Weird the country bangs on about diversity and all that but there isn't a single judge, MP, Minister or Deputy that is of oriental heritage?
Now let's talk about investment banking and law.... long long ago I started working at an American investment bank, it's among the most prominent one in Britain as well. In the year I joined it there were 80 of us who had started out as a trainee then... 70 of us never had rich parents, investment banker parents or even parents who knew investment bankers. Funny thing, of the 80 of us, only 30 were 100% White Americans, the rest were either mixed, foreign born or Americans of other ethnicities. Why not you go check the statistics of any investment banks operating in Britain what extent of those they hired already had connections in the institution? Do you think it will be easy for someone who hails from a working-class background in Wolverhampton despite being redbrick uni educated to even be called for an interview?
Lawyers, in all of USA there are plenty of them that are foreign born, plenty of them that are blacks or even hispanic or asian. Surprisingly there are a few good judges in USA that are black, women or came from poor backgrounds, how many of such lawyers or judges exist in Britain?