You have a point, but does a retired Cuban really need even one Coca-Cola?
I would say they need Coca Cola as much as they need hemorrhoids.
The same retired Cuban has the luxury of free health services though, which is great if you are a poor retired citizen of Cuba, don't you think? I heard Cuban doctors and dentists are not that bad, but I have never visited Cuba.
I am not protecting communism, I'm not even saying that you don't have a valid point, but Coca Cola?
Using Coke as an example was a lure to entice you to decide for Cubans, rather than say that Cubans should be free to make their own decisions. I have heard that same logic from tourists in Cuba so many times - "it's so refreshing here, no McDonalds, no Pizza Hut, etc." Unfortunately these tourists forget that they are just there for a week on a nice beach, not for a lifetime if deprivation. Then they go home and have a Big Mac - because they can. But here you are
at the idea that a Cuban might want a Coke every now and then
It is easy to say from the outside that Cubans don't need cokes, but I can tell you that for the Cubans I know, a Big Mac and a Coke are the impossible dream. Who are we to say that they are better off if they can't choose for themselves to have that simple pleasure?
As for medical services, they are appalling. I certainly do not think they have the luxury of good free medical treatment. Having seen it up close over the course of 10 years I can speak with confidence on that. For, example, did you know that there are no pharmacies in Cuba. When a Cuban sees a doctor, the doctor may tell him what medicine he needs, knowing that only those with access to dollars and the black market may be able to track them down on the street. But he does not write a prescription. There is nowhere to take it.
The conditions in the hospitals are distressing because everything is stolen by the nurses. Provide your own bed linens and hope that your family brings you food every day. Ignore the urine smells. Is that a luxury?