I live in Norway where we have almost free health care (we pay some small fees at regular doctor appointements, but just up to a certain limit each year). And compared to you I guess we have outragous taxes (depending on your sallary, mortgage etc between 30-50 percent, most ending up at about 30-35). And when we buy anything, we have to add 25 percent to the price as texes to the government. I have no problems paying high taxes. Why? Where do my money go? Back to me and everybody else that live in Norway. And I don't buy the "free gasoline, free food" point. Getting lung cancer is not the same as needing to get your car to a work shop. I have a univeristy degree, and working as a IT consultant gives me a very good sallary, but I have no problems letting much of my sallary go to sick people that never earned enough to pay a health insurance. I have no problems letting much of my money go to people that are out of work, to schools, to kinder gardens, universities and colleges and all the other things I expect my goverment to handle. We have free education and I didn't pay anything to my university the five years I was there, and I still have to work many years to pay back what I've already got. We even get cheap loans for everybody that want to study so we have money to live for besides studying. In a few years I guess I have paid back more than I've got, but I don't have a problem with that either. You guys in the US have always been focues on keeping the freedom which is very good. But growing up in a poor family that can't support your education doesn't give you any freedom. I'm proud of living in a country where you have real freedom to become what you want, a lawyer, medical doctor, or a scientist, even though your parents don't own a penny. Then when you have become a doctor, you have to pay high taxes the rest of your life which is just right. I guess this is to put som gasoline on the fire here, and I look at all you guys as great people, but I'm used to this way of living and I love my country and I wouldn't trade it for another tax rate at any price. Removing the free health care has never been an issue in Norway and I guess it never will. But health care is expensive, here it is 4000 dollars per person each year. It isn't possible to introduce this over the night. It could start as paying parts of all health bills (say 5 percent).