Obama’s Health Care ‘Coup’: Financial Times Deutschland, Germany
As we have been seeing for months, when it comes to provisioning the population with health care, the behavior of U.S. Republicans is far more incomprehensible to Europeans than even for most U.S. Democrats.
According to columnist David Francis of Germany’s Financial Times Deutschland, President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress on health care came close to sealing the deal while exposing Republicans as, “a party of fear-stoking, the sole purpose of which is not the success of the country, but the failure of Obama.”
For the Financial Times Deutschland, David Francis goes on to say of America’s loyal opposition:
“Not only are they a party of naysayers, they are a party of ignoramuses.”
By David Francis
Translated By Ulf Behncke
September 10, 2009
Germany – Financial Times Deutschland – Original Article (German)
Barack Obama has set out to regain control of the debate over health care reform. Fully and convincingly in a speech before legislators, the U.S. president comprehensively explained how he imagines a state-based health care system would work. Despite a summer punctuated by citizen assemblies [town hall meetings] that descended into ugliness, Mr. Obama impressed with his steadiness before lawmakers. He calmly described how he intends to cut unnecessary spending, tax employee benefits to fund public assistance and how he wishes to ensure that all American workers have compulsory health insurance.
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