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Britons love to mock their National Health Service — just don't let anyone else poke fun at it.
They particularly resent the British universal health care system being used as a punching bag in the battle against President Barack Obama's proposed reforms.
Conservatives in the United States have relied on horror stories from Britain's system to warn Americans that Obama is trying to impose a socialized health care system that would give the government too much power.
Banner on Suspension Bridge: do not destroy NHS
A banner has appeared on Clifton suspension Bridge containing a warning to politicians not to 'destroy' the National Health Service.
There are reports that the banner was hung by Bristol-based campaign group Protect Our NHS - who posted a picture of it on Twitter.