My business partner is Chinese and he is traveling for family and business there right now. He reports back:
i have been in taiwan with a side trip to hong kong and macau. as usual depressing to see how asia has so much more ambition than rest of world. moving quickly into renewable energy and things like electric cars. no one here is wasting time debating and in-fighting on those issues. government, businesses, and just everyday people all see that as a self-evident industrial model. then i also get the quizzical question from people...so why can't the US pass something as basic as universal health coverage and have to fight about it? I am not sure I have a very good answer for that other than basic human selfishness.