A half-century ago, when the American medical care system was largely free and voluntary, and people regularly called it “the world’s finest medical care,” the advocates of the welfare state were able to converge on a strategy.
With health care reform efforts well underway, President Obama is endeavoring to make good on his campaign pledge to “accelerate efforts to develop and disseminate best practices, and align reimbursement with provision of high quality health care.”
The United States of America, a nation that was founded on principled individualism, seems poised to expand government intervention into the health care sector. A rowdy debate has been joined in newspapers across the country: one side condemns the failure of the free market to provide Americans with affordable care, while the other warns against Canadian-style waiting lists and doctor shortages.
Summer 2009 issue -- “What is required of us now,” said President Barack Obama in his inaugural speech, “is a new era of responsibility—a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world….” Shortly thereafter, he used the same phrase as the title of his 2010 budget, which Congress has passed with minor alterations.


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