As the US healthcare debate rages on, Twitter has become an ideological battleground - with the UK's National Heath Service at the centre of it. As Democrats and Republicans alternately praise / criticise the British NHS system, people in the UK have started to respond.
The hashtag #welovethenhs is the top trending topic on Twitter and 'NHS' is being regularly used as British Twitter users join the debate and 'defend' / highlight examples of NHS experiences.
The NHS Twitter debate is also now front page news in London:
The official Downing Street Twitter account has got involved - passing on a message from Gordon Brown and retweeting (his wife) Sarah Brown's NHS message.
The really interesting thing is that the US healthcare discussion, and the resulting NHS Twitter activity, may have re-ignited the UK political debate about a 'free-to-all' health service in the UK. However, Gordon Brown will probably not be able to contribute much more before it is interpreted as interfering in US affairs and the @conservatives Twitter account is strangely silent on the subject.
With a UK election (at most) 9 months away it will be interesting to see how both Gordon and David Cameron respond to the #welovethenhs Twitter debate - there are votes to be won or lost here!
David Cameron's Twitter 'error'