It's obvious to anyone with a brain that the health care system is in the US is horribly broken, with something like 40 million people uninsured, massive costs, people trying to import prescription drugs from other countries, HMOs that compromise quality of care, etc. I think the Left in the US would ideally like to institute a Canada-style single-payer system, but do not pursue this because they view it as impossible to get done given that the Republicans are in control. Everything I've heard Canadians say about their own system has been a rave, and apparently even conservative Canadians like their system. Everything negative I've heard about it has come from the Cato Institute or other U.S. right-wing source which describes it as "socialized medicine" (which it isn't) under which people "often die waiting months for treatment" (is this true?) So what's the story, Canadians? And to Americans: what do you think about health-care reform, either to a Canadian-style system or some other kind of system? I'm already aware of the benefits and alleged drawbacks of a single-payer system but if you don't support one, why not? I will disclose beforehand that I am inclined to view Canada's health care system rather favorably, although all I know about it is what I've read.