U.S. Health Reform: Another ‘Moral Victory’ for Obama (Le Temps, Switzerland)
The Supreme Court’s hugely surprising decision on the Affordable Care Act, aka/Obamacare, is being greeted in much of Europe as an embrace of common sense. For Switzerland’s Le Temps, columnist Stephane Bussard writes that the decision is not only a ‘courageous decision’ by a ‘discredited’ U.S. Supreme Court, it is a testament to President Obama’s commitment to get the job done, despite the financial crisis and ‘Republican obstructionism.’
For Barack Obama, the ratification of health reform confirms the principal success of his presidency. It is also a reward for Obama’s moral stand and his personal commitment. No president before him had succeeded or even attempted to reform a system so plagued by health lobbies and undermined by such an uncontrollable explosion of costs. During the debate over the Affordable Care Act, many have criticized the apparent lack of control of the process by the White House. However, against the advice of Vice President Joe Biden and his advisers and despite headwinds related to the financial crisis and Republican obstructionism, Obama wanted to carry out the reform. The confirmation of the reform by the Supreme Court on Thursday is historic. By spreading the risk of insurers among a larger pool of insured and by daring to speak of the solidarity of all Americans, in a land where individualism is sacrosanct, the Democratic administration induced a philosophical upheaval.
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