Carlos Eire has an excellent article at Real Clear World, Castro’s One ‘Hell’ of an Achievement,
In the long run, it matters little that all sorts of false claims are made for Cuba’s woefully inadequate health care and education programs. Within the island itself, the state constantly reminds Cubans that they owe everything to “the Revolution” and must therefore obey it unconditionally, like slaves on a plantation. In sum, the Revolution owns you, body and soul: no subservience, no benefits.
Go read all of it.
Carlos was my podcast guest last January. You can listen to the podcast here.