Canada’s Health Care Is Better Than In The U.S., But That’s Not Enough

Last month, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders visited Toronto as part of a “learning tour” about Canadian health care tied to the promotion of his own single payer health insurance plan. The cascade of laudatory media coverage highlighted a pet peeve of mine: our obsession with comparing our health care system to the system in the United States. Sanders’s visit scratched not just one but two great itches of a phenomenon I call Canadian Smug: our sense of superiority to the U.S., and our delight when Americans notice how much better we are.