America’s healthcare bill: Obama’s Christmas present

The Economist
December 24, 2009

IT WAS, critics and admirers agreed, the most consequential vote in the Senate for more than 40 years; since, in fact, the bill that created America’s state-run health scheme for the elderly back in 1965. On the morning of Christmas Eve, Barack Obama’s promise to deliver affordable health care to every American moved a giant leap closer to fulfillment as the chamber voted, on strictly party lines, in favour of a bill that has already been the best part of a year in the making.