It appears that if U.S. President Barack Obama's watered-down universal health care scheme takes effect, the biggest losers could be you and me.
By you and me, I mean Canadians, particularly those in border communities such as Sault Ste. Marie. Many of us are consumers of U.S. health care resources.
I, blessedly, have never required serious medical treatment in the United States. But I know a number of people who have.
These Canadians have travelled to medical centres in Michigan, perhaps as close as the hospital in our sister city across the bridge, or further afield for surgical procedures not available in Sault Canada or for which they would have to wait a long time.
Sometimes they went because there is a conception that Americans do those things better than we do.