The soaring costs of employee healthcare have been a growing drain on the bottom lines of plenty of companies and many are responding by cutting back on benefits or pushing more of the costs onto employees' shoulders.

Michael Moore's documentary Sicko has been drawing audiences to theaters this summer with tales of healthcare nightmares experienced by people who have health insurance, but who had to fight with their insurance companies to get them to pay the bills. Moore compares the situation in the United States with countries around the world that have national health systems, including our neighbor to the north, Canada. Watching their citizens' experiences with getting free healthcare makes one more than a tad envious.

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