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Talks on US healthcare reforms are halted until autumn

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3063 (Published 28 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3063
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    Disagreement among Democrats in the US Congress has pushed back a vote on US healthcare reform bills until the autumn, despite a public relations blitz by President Barack Obama to add a sense of urgency to the effort.

    President Obama held a series of public events and a news conference on health reform on 22 July, but his continuing focus on abstract principles rather than details of reform did little to convince members of focus groups watching the primetime broadcast.

    Typical was his skirting of the issue of sacrifice and costs when he said that the American public are only “going to have to give up paying for things that don’t make them healthier.”

    A Washington Post editorial said, “Mr Obama is right that sticking …

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