I am afraid most Americans don’t consider the eventual need. This is especially true of young people but Americans, in general, see only that nationalized healthcare they are paying for health care they don’t personally require — at the time.
They also complain about paying school taxes when they don’t have children or if their children are in private school or are homeschooled.
If I recall correctly, at one point, a large portion of the UK’s petrol tax went to the National Health Service. This reduced the amount of additional money that people had to pay in. Since we don’t even pay enough tax to cover the costs of road maintenance, there isn’t any money there.
As far as I can tell, the current problems with NHS are due to the UK’s government being almost as screwed up as its counterpart in the U.S. Somewhat a case of “penny foolish; pound moronic.”
Another obstacle facing national healthcare is tort reform. What would be frivolous actions in a sane society add a significant surcharge to practitioner costs, especially in fields such as obstetrics and gynecology.
Ah, well; thanks for the comment!