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Obama's tiny change we can believe in

Business Times - 17 Dec 2009


Obama's tiny change we can believe in

Lack of progress on healthcare and financial reform shows it's business as usual in Washington

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama and his aides have described their effort to reform an ailing and costly American healthcare system as the centrepiece of the ambitious social and economic programme of a president who had promised during his election campaign that it would not be 'business as usual' in Washington. When he occupied the White House, he pledged to deliver 'a change we can believe in'.

Indeed, the popular narrative among Mr Obama's supporters has been that a major overhaul of the nation's US$2.5 trillion healthcare system - America being the only large industrialised country where access to healthcare is not guaranteed by the state - would be another milestone in the implementation of a progressive agenda that goes back to president Theodore Roosevel…