American conservatives tend to speak disdainfully about a citizenry that allows its government to provide more and more services for them, but this is hardly an either-or proposition among countries. There are plenty of Americans who would like that, including many productive citizens. They think the loss of “character” is overblown, and worth the tradeoffs in any event. The argument is sometimes made that providing health care might even spur entrepreneurism, as folks might more willingly leave stagnant jobs if they thought their backs were covered. Even among the advocates who are simple leeches, it’s not like we haven’t always had such in our population. No vision of the Good Old Days should be allowed which maintains that we used to all be responsible, self-made men. That never existed.
Plus, there are plenty of Germans or Australians or whatever who would be entirely happy under a more free-market, self-responsible system, and wish their own countries would do more of it.