I got into a discussion with a French coworker of mine. He couldn't understand why the US doesn't go to the full nationalized health care. After talking about it with him for a while, what I realized is that the European culture is influenced by their monarch type history. They have always had a ruling class that has dictated their lifestyles.
America, of course, was built on the concepts of liberty and individualism. These tenets are being ignored by our current overlords. It is true that we, as a nation, have been drifting more slowly towards the European model, but it is not a match for the culture of the country and that should be taken into account.
The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants