Health care spending in the United States is far higher than in any other country, with worse results than most countries — so high that spending by the U.S. government alone is higher than total spending in Canada. The extra money, extracted from people and from government, are massive subsidies for corporate profit, and gigantic payouts for executives and financiers.
On one hand, industrial capitalism made possible those reforms that are part of democracy. On the other hand, owners of capital from time immemorial have feared too much democracy. In the 1980s, the head of Volvo said: "Sweden needs Volvo but Volvo doesn't need Sweden. In the capitalism of the 21st century, individuals have a complex and rich life.