Monday 25 September 2017

Peter Foster: Obama's healthcare victory could backfire when US goes to polls

Protesters against President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul outside the Supreme Court in Washington yesterday
Protesters against President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul outside the Supreme Court in Washington yesterday

Peter Foster in Washington

BARACK OBAMA is not a man given to public displays of emotion but one imagines there were a few "high fives" in the Oval Office shortly after 10am yesterday when news came through that the US Supreme Court had upheld his signature health reforms.

This was a momentous decision that confounded the pundits' predictions, delighted the White House, but -- much more importantly -- defined at a stroke the key ideological battle lines for November's general election.

It is hard to overstate how much was at stake for Mr Obama. As his Republican challenger Mitt Romney put it before the result came out, if the Supreme Court had struck down the Affordable Care Act, then Mr Obama's first three-and-a-half years in office would have appeared "wasted".

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