There were a lot of Facebook posts that joked about Republican flight to Canada now that Obama’s health care plan has passed. Canadians, of course, enjoy a universal health care system. In fact, there are about 50 countries worldwide that have something close to universal health care.
(CNN) — The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care legislation Thursday in a narrow 5-4 ruling that Obama says will provide up to 30 million additional Americans with health care.
America doesn’t have universal health care coverage — what the World Health Organization (WHO) calls “a widely shared political aim of most countries” — but neither do most other countries.
Nearly 50 countries have attained universal or near-universal health coverage by 2008, according to the International Labor Organization. Several well-known examples exist like the UK, which has the National Health Service, and the Canadian public health care system.
Original article posted on CNN Web site on June 29, 2012, written by Madison Park.