My husband is a Civilian Defense Contractor, and in the fall of 2008 he spent 2 months in Greece. I got the chance to go over for about 10 days to see him, leaving the day after the election. While there we did a tour of some of the smaller islands and made friends with a wonderful couple from Australia. The man wanted to ask us all kind of questions, mainly about our healthcare system. They both said that people in Australia could not understand why wanting universal health care was such a touchy subject, and they couldn't understand why we did not already have it! Talking to them was very eye-opening - and yes, they did say that other countries were laughing at us. I don't think that this plan is perfect, but it is a start. Let's give it a shot, and figure out what works and what doesn't. Anything is better than nothing.