Regarding healthcare, another argument that I find bizarre is “other developed nations spend a lot less on healthcare and get better results.” This statement doesn’t even attempt to take into account the differences in lifestyle that have an enormous impact on health.
How much physical activity do people in those countries get? How much time do they spend in their cars? What do they eat? What are the portion sizes? How high do they turn up the thermostat in winter? I just saw a photo of a thermostat in a Norwegian family’s home. It’s at 15°C. That’s 59°F. In Norway. In January. My thermostat is at 71°C, even though I know that I should go way down for health reasons.
If you want to have the unhealthiest lifestyle known to humanity and live as long or almost as long as people who have a much healthier diet and habits, then of course you will pay a lot more for healthcare.