Illuminating column by Roger Cohen in The New York Times today on health care that cuts through politics and focuses more on national mindset and the history behind it. Here’s a piece from “The Public Imperative”:

Pooling the risk between everybody is the most efficient way to forge a healthier society … Europeans have no problem with this moral commitment. But Americans hear “pooled risk” and think, “Hey, somebody’s freeloading on my hard work.”

Two conversations I had about health care on my recent trip to Italy completely support this. Interesting.