Want a preview of what Obamacare has in store for Americans? Check out the latest news on Britain's National Health Service.

In the words of the Daily Mail newspaper, the NHS is a "shambles." Here's how the Daily Mail described the findings of three recent official investigations:

"One investigation revealed that a quarter of new mothers were abandoned by their midwives during labour, with some left to give birth on the floor or in corridors.

"The second found that mistakes deemed so serious they should never happen are being made in hospitals five times a week.

"And the third survey said thousands of patients have all but given up trying to secure appointments with their family doctor.

"The reports come only a day after the NHS watchdog detailed a catalogue of failings at GP surgeries, including consulting rooms infested with maggots and patients being given dangerous, out-of-date drugs."

No longer sainted

The popularity of Britain's NHS has long put it beyond public criticism but that silence is disappearing as government-run health care's failures can no longer be ignored.

"In the past there has been a systematic cover-up and a desire for issues not to blow up on your watch," Tory MP Steve Barclay told the Daily Mail.

"Politicians have been scared to raise issues and nobody dared criticize the NHS. But the public are well ahead of politicians and they’ve suspected problems for some time," Barclay said.

Stop the politicians!

Most Americans are also way ahead of the professional politicians in Washington, according to multiple recent surveys.

This is especially evident among Millennials, the 18- to 29-year-olds that must enroll in Obamacare in massive numbers for it to be economically viable and who were President Obama's strongest supporters in 2012 and 2008.

The latest USA Today/Pew survey finds only 41 percent of Millennials approve of Obamacare. That result comes from a subset of a larger sample, but it's consistent with other surveys taken around the same time.

On today's washingtonexaminer.com

Editorial: America must get back in the space race.

Cal Thomas: This Christmas, remember what gives life its meaning.

Gene Healy: David Brooks' paean to presidential power was the year's worst op-ed.

Luke Rosiak: Solyndra-like USEC to file for bankruptcy, wants another $750 million from taxpayers.

Philip Klein: Americans will hold Obamacare responsible for health care system's problems.

Brian Hughes: Stakes rise for Obama's NSA review.

In other news

The Washington Post: Judge says NSA phone monitoring is likely unconstitutional.

Time Magazine: Former NSA boss says judge not qualified to assess agency's programs.

USA Today: Japan unveils aggressive new defense plans.

The New York Times: Budget deal heads for Senate with GOP support.

ABC News: One week to major Obamacare enrollment deadline.

CNN: So you just won the lottery jackpot. What now?

Lefty Playbook

Talking Points Memo: Scott Brown moving to New Hampshire.

The Huffington Post: How the inequality/growth debate has evolved.

The Nation: Who is really waging the class war?

Bonus must-read

Mother Jones: Which fast-food kids' meal is healthiest?

Righty Playbook

American Thinker: Creepiest Obama story yet just got creepier.

American Conservative: The CIA's colossal flop.

Washington Free Beacon: China conducts second flight test of new long-range missile.

Bonus must-read

The Federalist: Unmasking the mustachioed menace of microaggression.