"...Only if families feel that their basic needs have been taken care of - needs like healthcare and provision for retirement - will they go out and spend money on new cars and clothes. There's a lesson for the reform in the U.S. there too. Healthcare reform in the States isn't just an egalitarian goal; it's also a way of providing confidence so that families feel able to go back and enjoy themselves again."

 

Japanese politician speaking to TIME magazine

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