Obama's reign in rude health
PRESIDENT Barack Obama spoke the truth when he called his healthcare success "a victory for the American people" and "a victory for common sense". But that was not how it appeared to millions on both sides of the controversy.
Europeans could hardly believe that a proposal to provide health insurance for 32 million uninsured people could attract such fierce opposition. Yet the measure barely squeaked through the House of Representatives on Sunday night. Not all Democrats voted for it, but all the Republican members voted against it.
And under the baffling congressional procedures, the story has not quite ended yet. There are likely to be even more votes in one or other House of Congress before the bill becomes law, as is now virtually certain.