We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Allergy, like depression, is taken seriously mainly by those who have had it. And by the docs and researchers who deal with it. A truly effective treatment would be a blessing not only for the very few with life-threatening food or bee-sting allergies, but to all of the asthmatics, the dog- and cat-allergics, and the hay-fever snifflers.
I am agin' it. If you think Canada is bad, look at England. At least England allows private medicine. This piece grossly understates the real issue, which is that bureaucrats run the system: "The UK is good at developing new medical technologies, but bad at making them available to patients, a draft version of a government report says. The study blamed the centralised way the NHS was run for failing to make the most of breakthroughs in areas such as scanners and ventilators."