I usually enjoy reading the works of Ilana Mercer on any subject, however I can not say that about her latest column that criticizes Obama's attempt at health-care reform.
Firstly, her piece is almost entirely based on anegdotal evidence. While I'm not attempting to belittle her obviously traumatic experience described in it, anegdotal evidence is not reliable standing ground. There are personal stories, legitimate just as much as that of Mercer, which tell exactly the opposite: that American health-care system is inhumane and inefficient while having only praise for the Canadian one. In her coulmn Mercer provides almost no independent research to back-up her thesis, we only have her personal experience as an indicator of what the entire hoopla is all about.
Second, I feel that Ilana Mercer has adopted a completely dogmatic approach to health-care, comparable to the one of neo-liberal economists towards economy, both fields that simply can not tolerate any dogmae. No social area, and health-care is certainly one of the most important ones, can be treated as an exact science, there is no universal formula that provides the right solution. The "right" health-care system depends on the society as a whole and almost all of it's factors, which include national tradition and culture and the state and structure of the economy as a whole, contribute to it's creation and it's functioning.
Ilana Mercer can do better, I've read enough of her works to know that for a fact.