The friends Ian made at the hospital had to leave treatment early because they had run out of money and the insurance companies would no longer cover the procedure. Ian is still alive. But his friends are dead.
Can you imagine the reaction on the right if an Obama-supporting Super PAC ran an ad featuring Canadians demanding higher taxes on the rich? Cries from the Fox News cabal about filthy foreigners tampering with the sacred trust of American elections would be positively deafening.
If I had lived in the U.S. instead of Canada when I became ill, my parents would have faced a choice between paying for my incredibly expensive treatment or watching me die.