“After hours of fierce argument and debate…” – PR Week Post #32
March 22, 2010
…the US healthcare reform bill was finally passed last night by The House of Representatives. Barack Obama campaigned with it as a cornerstone to his election manifesto and, 14 months later, it will become a reality. Considered a dead bill in January because of an overwhelming level of opposition, some elements will be expedited and will kick-in immediately, others will take a little time.
I do not profess to be an expert in US health policy – far from it – but there is probably not an educated soul on this planet who couldn’t say that this “Victory for the American people” [Obama] marks one of most dramatic changes in US legislation in recent times.
A nice review of the bill and its social and economic implications can be found on BBC line at:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8579658.stm.
The Republicans argue that at the end of the $940bn with of expenditure over 10 years, they US will end-up being like a ‘European Nanny State’. Only time will tell.