Barack Obama has said that the Canadian healthcare system is not an option for Americans. That's probably for the best considering that the incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association says that their healthcare system is about to "implode." The new president, Dr. Anne Doig admits that patients are getting "less than optimal care" and that changes must be made to the system. She says, "We all agree that the system is imploding, we all agree that things are more precarious than perhaps Canadians realize."
But ... saying that the Canadian system is not an option for Americans doesn't mean it ain't so. All nationalized health care systems seem to eventually develop the same very bad traits, and that would include rationing and hideous costs.
If, in fact, the public option is on the way out, we can't let our guard down. Rationing, sub-standard care, long waits and high costs are not limited to systems with government health insurance ... they show up in systems run by government, period. Government-run health care is still very much on the table.