BLAME it on the weather or the silly-season absence of more serious news, but arguments about America’s health care have become a touch delirious over the past couple of weeks. People have accused each other of being evil-mongers, dealers in death or even un-American; a sad substitute for a thoughtful debate about a complicated subject that intimately affects every citizen and ties up some $2 trillion a year, a seventh of the world’s largest economy.
Now the distemper has spread across the Atlantic. The enemies of Barack Obama’s health-reform plans have no more potent weapon, it seems, than to accuse him of seeking to replicate Britain’s dreaded National Health Service on American soil. Even David Cameron has been dragged into the affair. An unhelpful Conservative MEP has been caught joining in the NHS-bashing in America, leading to the predictable and unfair charge that Mr Cameron’s henchmen are secretly bent on unravelling the system.
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