bee happy, you make a good point. in general, most Canadians seem happy with their care. if they want or need care not available in Canada, they come here. if the Canadian health care system is overwhelmed, they have contracts with hospitals here. if we were only going to cover 23 million people, i think we could manage it rather well also.
we are talking about covering 300 million people if the left gets it's ultimate health care wet dream.
the only thing we have to compare it to in this country is Medicare. Medicare is broke and most elders have supplemental coverage for what Medicare does not cover. the only reason Medicare care is good, is that their care is supplemented by those of us who have insurance or pay for care.
we can do a Medicare type system here. the system will start out broke and go down hill. there will be no supplements from insurance payers after a few year. they won't be able to afford to have insurance and will end up on the government system. with no cash flow, there will be no updated equipment, no innovations in heath care, eventually the system will start to crumble even as it becomes more expensive.
this is not my fantasy. it is reality in england. they are only covering 63+ million. it did not happen overnight.
if you read the Brit news, you'll find that every election is about health care. every person running gets grilled on how they will fix it. whatever their answer it had better not include the word co-pay. if it does, they will not get any job to which they need to be elected. after all....it's supposed to be FREE!!