Read the Op-ed. According to these right wing authors from a right wing think tank writing in a right wing newspaper, "the Index confirms what experience tells us. Decent, accountable government, rule of law, competition, opportunity and a regulatory environment and culture that promote liberty, responsibility and entrepreneurship are drivers of prosperity everywhere." In other words, all these countries have that in abundance. Yet they also have free healthcare, daycare (in some of them, Canada has considered it), huge public pensions, relatively high income/corporate taxes (compared to the US), public broadcasters, monetary support for children, fre or subsidized post-secondary education, public seniors care, housing allowances, unemployment and maternity plans, and in some of them a guaranteed income (in Sweden for example they have "Försörjningsstöd": Benefits for anyone (incl their children) who otherwise can't get a reasonable standard of living). Yet Obamacare will ruin capitalism and bankrupt America? Link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204840504578086264176773002.html Analysis from ex-Bush White House Staffer David Frum: "Which free-market society tops the list? Norway. What??? Norway? That socialist hellhole? Where entrepreneurs pay a tax rate 33% higher than they do in Massachusetts? (Reports INC.) Where the government controls the country's largest industry, where they run probably the world's most generous welfare state? Where they publish all tax returns on the Internet to deter cheating? That Norway? Oh well, Norway is a petro-state and oil prices have been high. We can dismiss this as an aberration. Who's number two? Denmark. And three? Sweden. The rest of the list: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Finland, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Ireland. The US ranks at 12th."