Universal Health Care. What better way to show the masses how much the government cares? It’s Obama’s showpiece legislation and Canada’s favourite sacred cow. You’ve heard the arguments for it. But before following Canada down this road, hear a word of warning.

Having experienced both systems, I’ve seen how each country has misconceptions about the other. Canadians shouldn’t think an American ER would turn you away if your credit card was maxed-out, and Americans shouldn’t take the phrase “Universal Health Care” at face value, either.

“Universal” is incorrect on two levels. Canada does not have a centralized, Soviet-style command-economy health care system. (*cough* Obamacare *cough*) Instead, each province is responsible for setting its own medical spending priorities, in a way similar to the American Tenth Amendment.

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