Most people on the lower end are on welfare and get it paid 100% by the tax payers. Its kinda a punishment to be middle class now. We have shit for coverage, like 70% plus a 500 to 1000 up front.
Yup, like I said the only real differences are the lack of 100% coverage in the states and the shitty access to care in Canada. Being on a waiting list for months to see a specialist is retarded.
I think one of the main reasons for the higher tax rates in Canada has more to do with a limited population and a lot less industrial tax base. More of an assumption as I haven't really studied the issue.