there are two guys on the U.S. national team that i played with, Graham Zusi. i used to play club with his older brother Mike, and Eddie Johnson, i played against him in club and high school
The comparative ranking system that most critics cite comes from the U.N.'s World Health Organization (WHO). The ranking most often quoted is Overall Performance, where the U.S. is rated No. 37. The Overall Performance Index, however, is adjusted to reflect how well WHO officials believe that a country could have done in relation to its resources.
The scale is heavily subjective: The WHO believes that we could have done better because we do not have universal coverage. What apparently does not matter is that our population has universal access because most physicians treat indigent patients without charge and accept Medicare and Medicaid payments, which do not even cover overhead expenses. The WHO does rank the U.S. No. 1 of 191 countries for "responsiveness to the needs and choices of the individual patient." Isn't responsiveness what health care is all about?
Im sure you understand when I tell you how humbling it is to play now at this age (just turned 31). I'm not sure how competitive your league is but I was playing in a premiere league with a lot of high school, college and ex-college players who are all younger than me. My mind knows what to do and my body doesn't want to. I always talk trash and tell them 10 years ago I would own them. My team (who is pretty much guys my age) always finished in the top five. But we were the least fit team and got lucky that we had a ridiculous goalie.
My league is pretty competitive. It's mostly dudes in my situation. Used to be serious soccer players, and didn't take the next step. Most of them are between 23-35 it seems, all though there are a few guys who look to be in their 40s. It's a good time...
I can't speak for anybody else, but having experienced both healthcare systems for extended periods of time, I'll take Canada's any day of the week, as would my Canadian wife and all of her friends and family (only met one that would choose the U.S.'s, but she's never actually experienced it). Apparently 86% of Canadians feel the same way: http://www.nupge.ca/node/2486 . The biggest problem I've seen is a lack of primary care physicians. A lot of that is due to a rapidly increasing population and too few medical schools to meet the needs. That's a different problem entirely.
That being said, no way that system would work here or vice versa. Different people, different demographics, healthcare systems that are completely intertwined, etc.
A while back I mentioned in a thread that I had a solution to healthcare moving around in my brain and that I'd share that at some time with everyone. Its pretty long and I've got it half way typed up. Maybe if I get some time over the next month I can get the other half out of my head and I can get it posted on here so everyone can rip it to shreds.