The Basics and Socialism

An article on Inc.com about Norway startup business success (In Norway Start-ups Say Ja to Socialism) led me to a particularly interesting train of thought.

NOW: Children who get free, nutritious breakfast at school every morning begin their day on the right foot. They have a set schedule so their expectations are settled, and they are fed so they can focus their entire mind on schoolwork.

WHAT IF: ...American citizens had free healthcare, good quality education up to graduate school, and their pensions were assured to cover their retirement needs? Would they focus their entire mind on their productivity and enjoyable activities?

I'm not picking sides here. I'm just trying to see where this argument can go in my own head.