A note on health care. Being Canadian, I know the Canadian system, particularly the Ontario system, fairly well. Like Bob Loblaw said, it is not free. In fact, it is a hidden cost to business and is not universally available, you have to qualify for it. Bob gives the BC viewpoint, which is for "British Columbia" and not the chronological designation, I think. LOL! It also sucks scissors for people unlucky enough to live in some rural areas and even some cities. The level and quality of care varies wildly, wait times are very long, and way too many cases are decided by bureaucracy than anything remotely resembling compassion. In Mexico, it is widely known that if you have to rely on the Seguro Social public health care here in Mexico, you will likely suffer infections, secondary illnesses, or you will die. Socialized medicine can work fairly well in countries with high taxation rates and low population rates. How it will work in the USA with 300 million citizens and another 30 million illegal aliens and with about half the population not paying income tax, is beyond my comprehension. The USA is not Sweden (a much healthier population overall and a very high tax rate) nor is it Spain (who are already in deep doo doo with unemployment amongst young people at about 30% and a simmering fiscal crisis). The British system looked wonderful in the Olympics opening ceremony where it was depicted as Florence Nightengale meets West End theatre, but the reality is something different. If you are poor and it is all you have, you will be forced to rely upon it. The best way to make socialized medicine work is to insist the politicians actually use the system for themselves and their families. Don't let them use any other private healthcare. How good is socialized medicine when, for example here in Mexico, the politicians have the right to their choice of PRIVATE healthcare paid for with taxpayer's money for themselves and their families guaranteed for them by law as a job perk? I've got a couple of really good stories about socialized medicine that easily rival the $100 band aid tales of woe regarding greedy private hospitals. Just a word of caution to our American brothers and sisters, be careful what you wish for! Oyster, we can discuss this some time over a beer or three, just don't hold my TB test against me, I always test positive.