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Obama says health vote ‘historic’

November 8, 2009

This is the big news of the day. Viewed from the UK it may seem strange that a rich country is only now considering a state-funded health care system which looks after the poor, funded by those who can afford it. We’ve had the NHS for nearly 60 years. It’s not perfect and some people still prefer to buy their own private care but I’ve never met anyone who would prefer the current American version.

Mr Obama said: “Tonight, in an historic vote, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would finally make real the promise of quality, affordable healthcare for the American people.

“The United States Senate must follow suit and pass its version of the legislation. I am absolutely confident it will, and I look forward to signing comprehensive health insurance reform into law by the end of the year.”

Read the full story: here on the BBC website, along with background to the bill, US citizens’ stories and a growing debate.

It’s not over yet.

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