Land of the free?

24 Jan 20

Healthcare was a big driver in the outcome of the recent US mid-term elections. But could the Democrats’ vision of a truly reformed healthcare system ever become a reality?

Universal healthcare has long been a holy grail for the progressive American Democrats. The late Massachusetts senator Edward Kennedy dubbed
healthcare reform the “cause of my life”. As First Lady in 1993, Hillary Clinton spearheaded an ultimately doomed plan to introduce universal health coverage.

And while former president Barack Obama made significant progress with his Affordable Care Act, introduced in 2010, it cost him much political capital.

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