Can Obama cure US healthcare?
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France 24 presenter Mark Owen chairs a round table discussion with Zachary Miller of Democrats Abroad and the French political analyst Fiametta Venner. 46 million Americans are without health provision.
A further 26 million have inadequate cover. Meanwhile across the Atlantic the systems set up in European nations put the US to shame. France has a healthcare system which is largely free; the UK has a model which Americans have long envied.
But in a nation already rocked by the subprime crisis; and wrecked by the credit crunch, can Obama find the cash to reform the US health system?
It has long been a central cause for Democrats, championed for many years by the late Senator Edward Kennedy. Can Barack Obama finally bring about a series of changes to give Americans peace of mind? Or is the world capital of business just too far in debt to care for its most vulnerable when they’re old and infirm?
Should there be a premium on health if a nation wants to build a hopeful and successful future?
Programme prepared by Perrine Desplats and Bilal Tarabey
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