So I just listened to Obama's speech live on the radio, I was pretty impressed with the idea if he gets it, altho I think he should have pushed something way more "left" and forget the possibility of him being perceived as a middle path guy, since obviously the far right in America has singled him out as some demonic new entity that could not be anything "moderate", maybe this is racial
Anyway, I'm a Canadian who's been living in the US for years, and the health care debate has been a riot in the sense that Canada is one of the examples constantly held up as something to avoid because they are too much "socialisticly" so or something*. By riot I mean that I grew up being able to walk into ANY hospital or doctor and get treated just like anyone else and not have to pay for anything, which is a stark stark contrast with life here in the US, so the whole idea that any significant percentage of the population would be objecting to "Canadian" style health care is nearly psychotic.
But if Obama succeeds, it could be like a big day in history, since American really does lead the world in many ways. While it may be one of the last developed nations to implement universal heath care, it could also be an example to the developing world if it does.
* what they say about Europe is a constant comedy