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Locknuts said:
Gun control here in Australia is ok, but they go overboard with classes of firearm that are banned. For example you can get a lever-action shotgun, but not a pump action shotgun. Either one is going to blow a hole in something at a similar rate. To have a pistol you need to complete a certain number of competition shoots per year, and pepper spray is even banned! Forget having a taser too. Or a baton. I feel for the people of Melbourne who are being attacked by African gangs and can't defend their homes.

Also, I hate how people look to Australia as a solution to America's gun problems. It's a totally different situation here (less guns than people in circulation for example) and we have a different constitution. Our PM Malcolm Turnbull said as much during his visit and he's right.

Not only that... But Australia is surrounded by Ocean... A natural barrier.
It's significantly more difficult to smuggle anything here.

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For me though...
* Happy about Healthcare. - We rank highly in most aspects.
* Happy about Infrastructure. - Internet could be better though.
* Happy about the standard of living. - Shit is all clean yall.
* Happy about Job opportunities.
* Happy about our Education system.
* Happy about security. - Gun control has proven to be effective.
* Happy with Welfare.
* Happy with Immigration.

And because of that... We are attracting more wealthy migrants than any other country, even the USA.

However... Overall, it's hard to complain, we are the lucky country, would be great if many aspects like Infrastructure, education, health, welfare weren't under constant attack by the far-right/conservatives though.

You visit a nation like the United States, the first thing you see is the airports which feel very archaic and in decline. Roads aren't much better.



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Dark_Lord_2008 said:
The USA is a very bad, unfriendly place to live, lots of violence and people live in fear. European nations, Canada, New Zealand, Australia are far better places to live than the USA because they are friendly, easy going countries with less violence than the USA. Most nations in this world are more friendly, easy going nations with less violence than the USA. USA is one of the most dangerous, unfriendly places to live and there are so many violent crimes being committed in the USA. People have the right to be defensive in the USA, because they live in a chronic state of panic, fear and anxiety of living in a dangerous country.

Where the hell do you live at? south side Chicago? In Indiana people are friendly, crime is not rampant, hell the only time I've locked the door to my home (whether awake, asleep, or away) was for a period after a bad break-up with a girlfriend.

 

I own a few guns but not really for self defense, more along the lines of animal defense.  We have coyotes and if I see one in my yard I'll either set off some firecrackers (I keep those close to the outside door)  or on very rare occasion I'll take a shot at one.  Raccoons and opossums regularly come up on my porch and will eat the cat's food.  I'll chase them off the first couple of times but if they persist I will shoot them.

 

Healthcare could be better but I've no complaints.  If you go to the emergency room they cannot turn you away even if you can't pay. 



Brazil here

1. Healthcare. It´s just shitty. We have universal health care in public hospitals/clinics but the service is horrendous in almost every place. Very very long lines and looooong waits for a simple consultation. Hospitals are always overcrowded and sometimes they lack basic equipment. My mother needs to visit the orthopedist every month but we must make appointments for each consultation two months in advance.
All the expenses of our public healthcare system are paid with taxes money, which are not low by any means. We spend about 39% of our income in taxes.
Private healthcare is expensive as hell, just for the rich. For most people it´s not an option. Fortunately, many companies offer it as monthly benefits, or as part of our monthly salary.

2. Gun control
Just as shitty as our public healthcare system. There are very strict laws for gun ownship, there are not many places here that sell guns (I personally don´t know any), but there are HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of guns in the hands of criminals of every type... thieves, drug dealers, robbers, corrupt politicians etc etc etc. So people can get guns in the black market (smuggling) very easily here. Gun control only works for profesional who actually need a gun to do their jobs, like policemen, security agents etc.



Love the US. Very cool place to live. People are friendly when you have the guts to talk to them. If you work hard you can have a decent life. Healthcare could be cheaper though. US should try to lower prescription drug costs.



VAMatt said:
Healthcare in the US is great in terms of quality, but way too expensive. This is squarely the fault of government, who drives up the prices with regulations that dictate every tiny detail. I'd like government to stay completely out of it, so that more Americans could afford the great healthcare that exists here.

As for gun control, I think the US is in decent shape. There's a little more infringement on one's right to bear arms than there should be. But, in comparison with much of the rest of the world, we're in good shape here.

This is not why.  One big reason is healthcare administration is expensive is because they have to deal with many, many insurance companies.  

https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/080615/6-reasons-healthcare-so-expensive-us.asp

"The number one reason our healthcare costs are so high, says Harvard economist David Cutler, is that “the administrative costs of running our healthcare system are astronomical. About one quarter of healthcare cost is associated with administration, which is far higher than in any other country.” 

One example Cutler brought up in a discussion on this topic with National Public Radio was the 1,300 billing clerks at Duke University Hospital, which has only 900 beds. Those billing specialists are needed to determine how to bill to meet the varying requirements of multiple insurers. Canada and other countries that have a single-payer system don’t require this level of staffing to administer healthcare."

 

Drug costs could be reduced by having fewer government regulations, but it'd be at the cost of having dangerous medicines flood the US.



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Dark_Lord_2008 said:
The USA is a very bad, unfriendly place to live, lots of violence and people live in fear. European nations, Canada, New Zealand, Australia are far better places to live than the USA because they are friendly, easy going countries with less violence than the USA. Most nations in this world are more friendly, easy going nations with less violence than the USA. USA is one of the most dangerous, unfriendly places to live and there are so many violent crimes being committed in the USA. People have the right to be defensive in the USA, because they live in a chronic state of panic, fear and anxiety of living in a dangerous country.

You clearly know nothing about the USA.  I don't really know what to say other than this is completely false.  Americans are generally considered to be among the friendliest people on earth.  There is very little violent crime in 99.9% of the country, and very few people live in fear.   

After reading this again, I think you're just trolling.  



the-pi-guy said:
VAMatt said:
Healthcare in the US is great in terms of quality, but way too expensive. This is squarely the fault of government, who drives up the prices with regulations that dictate every tiny detail. I'd like government to stay completely out of it, so that more Americans could afford the great healthcare that exists here.

As for gun control, I think the US is in decent shape. There's a little more infringement on one's right to bear arms than there should be. But, in comparison with much of the rest of the world, we're in good shape here.

This is not why.  One big reason is healthcare administration is expensive is because they have to deal with many, many insurance companies.  

https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/080615/6-reasons-healthcare-so-expensive-us.asp

"The number one reason our healthcare costs are so high, says Harvard economist David Cutler, is that “the administrative costs of running our healthcare system are astronomical. About one quarter of healthcare cost is associated with administration, which is far higher than in any other country.” 

One example Cutler brought up in a discussion on this topic with National Public Radio was the 1,300 billing clerks at Duke University Hospital, which has only 900 beds. Those billing specialists are needed to determine how to bill to meet the varying requirements of multiple insurers. Canada and other countries that have a single-payer system don’t require this level of staffing to administer healthcare."

 

Drug costs could be reduced by having fewer government regulations, but it'd be at the cost of having dangerous medicines flood the US.

I'm not going to get into an argument with you about it here.  But, your statement is both true and false.   

Administration costs are extremely high in the USA.  That's true.  And, it is due, in large part, to regulatory compliance.  Those multiple insurance companies that providers have to deal with - they all have a mountain of rules to follow in each state, some localities, and federally.  That means they have to collect a ton of info from every claimant.  They're legally required to have burdensome processes. etc, etc, etc.  

(It should also be noted that there are now three or fewer major insurers per state, on average)

As for drug prices...... its a hell of a lot more expensive to bring drugs to market in the USA than anywhere else in the world.  Yet, nobody on planet earth is experiencing an epidemic of unsafe (legal) drugs.  So, lowering costs would not result in a significant drop in safety. 



Australia, it's a better version of the US



Australia here

Healthcare:
On the cusp of a US style system, thanks to Howard's LHC reforms. Essentially, they class it as an incentive to buy private health (if by "incentive", they mean "do it, or we'll increase your medicare loading, AND make it more expensive to buy it later). Those prices are skyrocketing, and at the same time private benefits are being removed (Bupa just removed knee and hip surgeries, as well as pregnancy care). Those "unprofitable" benefits will be forced back on to Medicare (which will eventually come through in a future govt/Murdoch article as "Medicare unsustainable").

Guns:
This is probably the one thing I WILL give Howard credit for. It took a lot guts to implement policy that contradcited with a lot of their party's platform. I live near a gun store, and I feel safe that no random person can wander in, buy a gun without a background check, and fire it off in public as soon as they're out the door.

Economy:
Impressed. It appears pretty stable, despite what opposition leaders like Abbott would want you to think. We cleared the last recession pretty well.

Politics:
Shit circus. Just like everywhere else.



Healthcare in the USA sucks, it needs universal health care.

It also needs background checks for people who want to purchase guns at the federal level. At least here in California we have strict gun control laws.



Proud to be a Californian.