January 11th, 2013
06:19 PM ET

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By Fareed Zakaria

Conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation has a new index of economic freedom out – and Canada, Switzerland and Denmark (all with universal health care, it’s worth noting) rank higher than the United States.

The index, based on ten components of economic freedom including fiscal freedom, financial freedom, property rights and government spending, places five countries in its “Free” category – Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland. The United States, which comes in at 10, is described as “Mostly Free.”

The full index – which has North Korea propping up the list, followed by Cuba and Zimbabwe – can be viewed here.

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  1. Joseph McCarthy

    The Heritage Foundation is little more than a right-wing political cult trying to brainwash the American public. Unfortunately, they have been only too successful in their endeavor to the detriment of this country.

    January 11, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  2. rightospeak

    I do not think Heritage Foundation ( supported with the oligar'h's money) knows what freedom is . There is no freedom to publish in the US as David Irving , Solzhenitsyn, Sarrazin found out. Patriot's Act contradicts Human Rights ( are you reading this Jimmy ? ) and most of our media are just Imperial Parrots and puppets. There are no journalists writing truth like Helen Thomas, Bill Moyers or anyone else that dares to speak the truth and that is precicely why we are broke as a nation, why there is no democracy. In the EU they speak of democracy, but jail people that dare to speak the truth. David Irving was in solitary confinement in Austria for expressing "illigal" opinions ,as a historian, on WW II history and was labeled anti-semitic, holocaust denier so that he would shut up . We did not get that in the US, but we have Helen Thomas incident ( she was demonized for expressing her opinion) and we got Patriot Act .Anti-terror measures are a paranoia in which the Globalists live now. They are afraid that the people will know the truth and may rebel against their tyrrany.

    January 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Reply
    • Kerry

      Well said, rightospeak. Thank you.

      January 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  3. Timmy Suckle

    I kissed my way up to VP at a health insurance company. Now I take over $600,000 of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your health care. And that’s just me. Now think about how many other VPs, Directors, Managers, etc. are at my company alone. Now multiply that by thousands of others at hundreds of other health insurance companies. From 10 to 25% of your health care dollars go towards administration that adds NO VALUE to your health care. But my company’s PAC dollars will continue to fool you little people into thinking that a single payer system will be bad. Little people like you are so easy to fool. Little people also don’t realize that a single payer system is the ONLY system that would allow little people (as an entire country) to negotiate better health care prices. Little people don’t realize that the Medical Cartels already know that. And that is the reason why the Medical Cartels spend so much PAC money from the hospitals and doctors lobbying against a single payer system. Some little people say that a single payer system would cost you little people more. But if that were true, then wouldn’t the hospitals and doctors WANT that extra money? Yes they would. So why do the Medical Cartels lobby against a single payer system? It’s because the Medical Cartels know it would allow little people to negotiate better health care prices. And that’s what the Medical Cartels are afraid of. Period.
    But us big wigs at insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmacy companies don’t ever need to worry about health care no matter what it costs. We get our health care paid for one way or another by you little people. And we get the little people that work at our companies to contribute to our PACs. And us big wigs say it’s to protect the little peoples’ jobs. But in reality it would be in the little peoples’ best interest to NOT contribute to the PAC. Again, little people are so easy to be fooled. I won’t ever have to worry about losing my job with so many little people being brain washed by the Medical Cartels’ PAC money. Not only that, the Medical Cartels’ PAC money is used to elect so many republicans that will never allow a single payer system. Republicans have always fought against any meaningful health care reform. But that’s what our Medical Cartels’ PACs pay them for. Politicians can be bought so easily.
    Pretty soon the only people that will be able to afford health care is us big wigs. And that’s the way it should be. We don’t want you little people using up the resources when we need them. And once again, I thank you little people for capping my SS tax at the $113,700 level. Now I only pay 1.2% SS tax and you little people pay 6.2%. Also, thank you for extending my tax breaks. I’m using the extra money on my vacation houses.

    January 13, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Reply
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