11-03-2016 10:49 AM
Vote for the crook, not the fascist
was what I was recently told by a French woman was the rallying cry a number of years back when LePen forced a runoff with Chirac.
She also recounted her experience of 4 years' treatment of her duaghter's leukemia, ultimately successful. Got a small stipend to stay home and provide care and only paid a small initial deductible. France spends about 60% of what the US does per capita on healthcare with similar or better results.
Overall tax burden is fairly similar- it is a federal system so little or no state and local tax. With VAT it is actually a bit more regressive or at least higher on low middle income people but they get a lot of services for their taxes.