The most often made point I hear in the health care debate is the comparison with Western Europe. I find this point intriguing because, if you stop to think about it, the US really helped immensely to finance public health care in Europe.
For example, national health care started in France right after World War II. At that time and over the next 50 years, the US both helped to finance France's economy (via the Marshall plan), and provide a huge subsidy to France (and Germany and the UK) via our military umbrella.
Ironically, instead of using US taxpayer money to help finance universal health care in the US, our Government used US taxpayer money to help finance universal health care in Western Europe, by paying so much $$ for the defense of the region!
Nowadays we need to find us a sugar daddy to help finance our social programs, but the cupboard is looking mighty thin.
Today we continue to fund an empire of military bases around the world, pay out over 40% of the entire world's military expenditures, and wonder why the government cannot afford health insurance reform without running huge deficits or raising taxes.