One of the reasons we put the NHS in the show is that everyone is aware of how important the NHS is to everybody in this country. We believe, as a nation, in universal healthcare. It doesn't matter how poor you are, how rich you are, you will get treated.
One of the core values of our society is that it doesn't matter who you are, you will get treated the same in terms of healthcare. We all end up there. You can be in all these private hospitals - if anything serious happens to you, you are in the NHS. And that felt like something that we thought was a great thing to celebrate.
We are almost unique in having universal healthcare. It is something that is very dear to people's hearts. All types of government fight like billy-o, to control it, to cut it, to deal with it. But there is something about it - it is so embedded in us that we have decided to keep it. It is an amazing thing to celebrate.
~ Danny Boyle, artistic designer of the London Olympics Opening Ceremony
I *love* that Mitt Romney watched a choreographed dance celebrating a government run-health service. #OlympicOpeningCeremony
— Toby Muresianu (@tobymuresianu) July 28, 2012
Best part of #OpeningCeremony? Tribute to the National Health Service. #Olympics
— Catholic Democrats (@CatholicDems) July 28, 2012
We just saw the GOP's nightmare enacted on that London stage. A National Health Service treasured by its people. #RomneyShambles
— TrueBlue Liberal (@TrueBlueLiberal) July 28, 2012
National Health Service! #OpeningCeremony
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) July 28, 2012
Dear America, you're probably watching and thinking WTF but over here we're proud that no one should ever die for being poor. #Olympics #NHS
— ibikelondon blog (@markbikeslondon) July 27, 2012
Great Britain sending coded message of support to Obama on socialized healthcare. Celebration of the NHS at the #Olympics Opening Ceremony!!
— Dan Alpert (@DanielAlpert) July 28, 2012
They missed a trick not having giant Thatcher and Cameron bobbleheads attacking the NHS segment with chainsaws made of diamonds. #Olympics
— Ben Poole (@benjaminbump) July 27, 2012
foxnews.com/sports/2012/07… < Fox News' take on last night - funny* how there's no mention of the NHS or GOSH parts of it. #olympics *unsurprising
— Algernon Radish (@algernonradish) July 28, 2012
So in return for Romney's comments London uses the Olympics to tell over a billion people worldwide how awesome socialized medicine is.
— Colin A Curtis (@ColinCurtisKS) July 28, 2012
Mitt Romney must’ve hated that ceremony. NHS celebration, Englishman invented the internet, ethnic diversity, no guns
— Sports Freak (@Sportzfreak) July 28, 2012
Loved the oddball humor and the tribute to #NHS in the opening ceremony. What a kick in the nuts that must have been to #Romney.
— Michael Chorost (@MikeChorost) July 28, 2012
I'd like to think that the tribute to the NHS is Great Britain's big F U to Mitt Romney.
— Ilissa Gold (@Goldni) July 28, 2012
BREAKING: Romney promises if elected president he'll repeal the salute to socialized medicine/NHS scene of London Olympic Opening Ceremony
— Darrin(@derbyjames) July 28, 2012
@chadwickmatlin: Mitt Romney finds this NHS section of the opening ceremony "disconcerting."
— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) July 27, 2012
Something funny about Mitt Romney having to watch a bunch of British kids spell out "NHS" at the Olympics opening ceremonies
— Jayson Peters (@jaysonpeters) July 28, 2012