I love this post almost as much as I love my mom. My uncle (in Quebec) had open-heart surgery some 7 years or so ago to replace a heart valve. That carries with it tons and tons of medications that he will have to take for the rest of his life. Last year, he had a stroke, which was followed by a severe infection in the brain. He was in the hospital for some 4 months, and has had sequels from that. Double the amount of medications he needs to take now. That could have translated into hundreds of thousands of dollars, which would have indebted his ass to the point of bankruptcy, yet he hasn't had to pay a single penny for all of that. To tell you the truth, I am not well versed in a lot of political shenanigans and my knowledge is somewhat limited, so perhaps I'm wrong on some level, but a good universal healthcare system seems to me about as basic a need as having reliable food availability.