Some have speculated that this NHS reference was in mockery of Americans' aversion to government administered health care.
Just google NHS horror stories and you'll begin to see why Americans dread government health care; Obama's people patterned Obamacare after the NHS, declaring that at age 60 when most people begin to need health care, QALY (quality of life analysis) determines that costs will be "contained" by cutbacks on procedures and services for the elderly.
This is no secret. Those who were celebrating NHS health care apparently have the privilege of receiving adequate medical care. Others have been not so lucky.
- A 22 year old died of thirst, even after calling the police for a drink of water. Mistakes were made, all hospital personnel involved agreed.
- A child was denied treatment because of costs.
- Common surgeries such as hip replacements and cataract removal have been cut, rationed.
- In an effort to cut costs, procedures to put in tubes to control ear infections in children are cut or rationed.
- Patients have been barred from treatment for personally vindictive reasons.
- OTOH, some patients are more "equal" than others.
- And then there's this guy, who was told he needed to stop smoking before they'd fix his arm, but then canceled his surgery four times for various reasons, including lack of hospital time and beds.
This is why we really, really do not want government health care, regardless the foolish and bizarre Olympic opener.