I can see it in the LFG channel and around town but in my specific set of friends, I actually have an overabundance of healers....but no pallys.
My wife is switching from her mage to her holy priest and is simply a better healer than a DPSer. Holy pally friend swithed to a resto druid and is enjoying it. A couple of people messing with alts for the past 6 months are now prepping thier mains (healers) for the expansion and grinding out achievements. I've literally shelved my resto druid, going into Kara for Mirkblood once and not having a clue what I was doing, lol. Granted, I haven't played anyone else lately either.
your hat may be nice, but I have the little white tank top that says Legendary right across my boobs. I win. (or more correctly, H wins)