Thursday 23 November 2017

Legacy is secure but president risks losing voters

Giles Whittell

AS Democrats clinched the last eight votes they needed to turn their dream of healthcare for all into reality, a tall congresswoman from Minnesota approached a microphone in the bowels of the Capitol and lamented: "Freedom dies a little bit today."

Barack Obama's victory in the healthcare debate is a personal triumph that eluded every other Democratic president of the past century and has the potential to relaunch his presidency as a period of historic reform.

It will help millions to find affordable health insurance for the first time. Yet it has divided as never before a nation that teaches its children, in civics lessons as well as Sunday school, that the United States was built on self-reliance.

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