Any time the Republicans come into power in the United States, the common refrain from Democrats is "I'm moving to Canada."
It makes sense — Canada, in theory, is a more liberal, socialized country than the U.S.
In a perplexing twist, however, Thursday's Supreme Court of the United States decision, upholding President Barack Obama's plan to further socialize America's healthcare system, has led many Republicans to look north.
Some took to Twitter to share their plans.
I'm sick that Obamacare passed. Screw it, I'm moving to Canada.
— Devin Thomas (@DevinThomas94) June 28, 2012
Mom and I have decided to move to Canada because the US government is ruining America with all it's unjust taxes
— Alexandra Potter (@AlexandraP95) June 28, 2012
Others, appropriately, mocked those posts, reminding expat-wannabes that Canada has been using a free healthcare model for years:
To all of you saying you're going to move to Canada bc #Obamacare was upheld….um..they have..universal health..um…actually nvm
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) June 28, 2012
"I hate Obamacare so I'm moving to Canada! Also, I hate pot, so I'm moving to Amsterdam."
— Matt Suddain (@suddain) June 29, 2012
if you're angry about #obamacare, and you say or post that you are moving to canada, you are too stupid to live anywhere on this planet.
— jay bentley (@jay_bentley) June 28, 2012
My favourite response to "I'm moving to Canada" Jason A. Quest ·I am sick of this hot weather! I'm moving to Ethiopia!
— trapdinawrpool (@trapdinawrpool) June 29, 2012
Moving to Canada because of socialist US healthcare ruling. Also moving to Mexico because I'm tired of all the Spanish I hear in LA.
— Miles (@fauxpork) June 28, 2012
Despite the Twitter buzz, it doesn't look like many Obama-hating Americans are actually acting on their threats.
Yahoo! Canada News spoke to Canadian immigration attorney Michael Niren who said he has not had any calls from Americans upset about Obamacare and ready to move to Canada.
He did say, however, that he used to get "a lot of calls" from Democrats when George W. Bush was in office.