TL;DR: No one shows up in the emergency room smelling of rotting flesh in Canada because they're poor.
We have a new product manager on the G+ team, and yesterday he and I had tea for the first time as part of his greater "getting to know the team" tour. I laughed so hard when he described himself as a "secret Canadian", he sounded totally U.S.of A. but apparently he's just covered in loonies and cooties and such.
For years, I always joked with people in California that I'm from "Southern Canada", because I grew up in Iowa. When I was in high school, it really did feel like we were southern Canada - we cared for the poor, the young, and the old better than almost anyone in the country - our immediate neighbors (Minnesota and Wisconsin) excluded - living up to the social contract Canada has with its citizens. We believed in dignity and we believed in each other.
I come from a line of doctors benefited by strong public education. My grandfather went to the University of California at Berkeley for both undergrad and Medical school. He went on to help found the surgery department for Kaiser. My father went to the University of California at Berkeley for his undergrad and the University of Iowa for Medical School - he's a pathologist and researcher and he's impacted your warts, thought indirectly. Personally, I'm particularly good at computers and carving poultry and I can freeze your warts off, family business after all. I am what I am because of generations of investment in Public Education. My life is owed to generations believing in the dream of social advancement for anyone willing to work.
Having been steeped in the medical establishment since I was little, I felt so ashamed to be an American when I read this article. The author rightly points out, no one shows up in the emergency room smelling of rotting flesh in Canada because they're poor
. We have a medical system in American no one would intentionally design (one might say evolution instead of "intelligent design" was a foot!). We are so rich, and such a small slice of our wealth would wipe cases like this off the map. If I'm holding my breath to see what the Supreme Court will rule.http://drjengunter.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/cancer-v-the-constitution/