I could see how a reporter or dim politician could spend a few days in Havana and think things are great. when we got out in the small towns the communist followed us around and harassed the nationals we were working with. when they felt safe to tell us the truth a very different picture of Cuba emerged. Rice, beans, and fruit at every meal and almost never meat. They have cows on farms but if an average Cuban got caught killing or eating 1, 25 years in prison; at age 7 kids lose their milk ration. “Yes we all have free health care but if you are rich or a higher up in the party you get better care and don't have to wait”.
One thing I noticed is that people there age prematurely, people in their 40s look like they are in their 60s. They all look emaciated.