If you think it’s off-topic, then please do not rant.
Health insurance follows from the concept of paternalistic capitalism. This is solidly founded in modern-day psychology.
The question to be answered is: how to lower the total cost for society? It turns out that a basic health insurance lowers the total cost, which is for the benefit of all. This is not about the government forcing people to do something they don’t want; instead, it’s something the people called for, and the government followed.
Please don’t get me started about those thousands of soldiers who are still present in a different country. If you insist though, I can inform you about what happened when foreign soldiers left the German town of Giessen…
About living below sea level… that’s no problem at all. We are experts in living with water. It’s a pity that some countries are too high-nosed to accept that as a fact. This too is detrimental to the citizens of those countries.
For example, look at the flooding of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina hit it. Our water engineers warned about the terrible state of New Orleans water management years before, but no-one cared. When disaster struck and the predicted flooding occurred, we happened to have a ship nearby with some of our best engineers and, conveniently, with extremely powerful water pumps. The ship changed course and headed for New Orleans to provide help. For a reason that was never explained, it was denied entrance to any nearby harbour. Even offers to offload the equipment to a different ship were rejected. The same happened to an offer to let our engineers calculate the best way to prevent more damage, to remove the water, and to prevent such flooding in the future. Instead, your government (or must I say: your people, who seemingly tell the government what to do) did it their own way, which (predictably) failed. This caused large delays, and much of the water-management work had to be re-done.
Now let’s go back to fighting candida. That too is something from which much more Americans than Dutch (or Germans) suffer.