iceaura, Which is more important to you: You having affordable medical care OR your grandchildren having affordable University? As for European countries, as I understand it, the Netherlands has shifted towards a slightly more market-based medical healthcare system. Evidently there are fault lines. Fineland has buckets of oil. Germany has a massivly efficient productive base. Japan had the most medical doctors per person in the world and they also had very tax friendly environment for pharmaceutical industries, thus, you can usually find the medicine in Japan cheap because it's ... made in Japan. I'm watching Sweden, they've taken in a lot of refugees. I know a number of Swedish (I work with) who now wish they hadn't. AND at the same time, they're starting to question free things. Paying 50%+ or more in tax and living poor, yeah, it's starting to have an effect on society. So, that will be an interesting country to watch. Unlike Finland and all it's oil, they're stuck in the Euro. Free-Markets are not there to punish you iceaura. They exist to see that commodities are distributed fairly. We haven't had free-markets in over 100 years. AND as long as we don't, society will get poorer and poorer and poorer. AS has been the case for 100+ years. It's only now it's catching up. But, as I said before, an American living in Europe 30-40 years ago was living like a freaken King. The USD used to go a LONG way. Not any more I'll tell you that. I made 100% on carry trade against the USD it's lost THAT much purchasing power. You just have no clue. You want to play the system against the rich? The rich who own the government and can print USD at the drop of a hat? HA!!! Vote Obama and go back to your stall - it's milking time and you look ripe. You chose immorality and now you're going to see just where that gets you. If BillyT is correct, you have about 1 year and 4 months to find cover before all hell breaks loose. I'm looking at Spain and Japan and thinking.... we will see. Maybe, maybe not.