An American Expat’s View of the U.S. Election

*The following is a guest post from an American living in Scotland.

It’s so refreshing to not have the negative political commercials shoved in my face all day, but still be able to vote as an absentee voter. Living in Britain has given me an enlightened perspective on certain issues that are so heated in the US. Issues that, it seems, are non-issues here.

Such as gay marriage, women’s right to choose and healthcare. It seems to me that Britain is the older, wiser country and has much more common sense than the impulsive, immature USA which is still struggling to find its identity.

Britain has already figured out the answer to providing every citizen affordable healthcare – because it’s free. And here in Scotland, even prescriptions are free. Citizens here never have to worry how they are going to pay for medical care or a prescription. It just makes sense.

I do think the Electoral College needs to be eliminated so that the popular vote (the people’s actual votes) takes priority. It doesn’t make sense that some states are more important than others – every person in every state should feel that their vote is given the same weight and has equal importance.

- Lorene

Comments

  1. Marie says

    A rather simplistic view. Healthcare in the UK is not “free” – it is paid for by the people….it is called TAXES.

  2. Jane says

    I am curious to find out how this works. If heath care for all is free, what is the counteraction that pays for it? Is it lower wages and/or higher taxes? What are the tax rates for the UK in general? Does it vary from Scotland to England to Wales? What are some of the arguments in favor and not in favor for free health care, if any?
    Thank you :)

  3. Pauline Wiles says

    Yes, healthcare in Britain is “free at the point of use,” which of course means it has to be paid for from taxes.
    Having now lived in the US for 8 years, my overall impression is that Americans *with* healthcare coverage are accustomed to a much higher standard of speed, service and technology than is typically (and I stress typically) provided under the NHS. I suspect that any attempt to make that standard of care free at the point of consumption would be – and is indeed proving – extremely challenging.

    As for the popular vote, my understanding is that this approach would be equivalent to proportional representation. This has led, in Europe at least, to unstable governments which, once in power, are unable to make headway and implement anything.