I've been watching some of the American news coverage of the health care debate with great interest. In fact, i imagine most Canadians have been taking a special interest in the debate. Universal health care is one of the cornerstones of our way of life, and even though the system has it's challenges, a recent survey showed that 90% of Canadians support universal health care and think Obama is on the right track. I can tell you that number reflect public sentiment at the street level.
Why is this? I mean, if you listen to the right-wing fundie pundits (fundits?) talk on Fox, you'd get the impression that Canadians are waiting in massive line-ups for basic services, and this is simply not the case. As with any western health care system, there are going to be a few people that have to wait for a few weeks for new livers. This isn't a fault of the system, it's just that we cant yet grow livers on a whim! ... yet :) Also, if I do need a new liver I may have to wait for a few weeks, but at the end of the day i pay exactly $0. Broken arm? 0$ Double bypass surgery? 0$ The peace of mind in knowing you can be fixed up for free? Priceless (sorry, i had too ;) I know many people personally that are still with us and many others that were able to die painlessly and with dignity because of a public healthcare.
90% of Canadians are very excited for the steps your government has made! Free public healthcare is a human right that we hold very dear, and we've been waiting for years for our American friends and family and their children to be treated like human beings.