Obamacare -vs-I Could Care Less: a view from Italy
Regardless of what you think about the results of Sunday’s historic vote in America – to provide health care to all Americans, one thing is certain: most pundits agree that Obama and many in his party ‘put everything on the line’ -- their name, their party, their future - in order to form, what Obama loves to pronounce, “A more perfect union.” Democrats had been fighting for this cause for decades, with the now-Octogenarian Democratic Michigan Congressman John Dingell introducing a health care bill year after year, picking up where his father had left off.
For someone in Italy (and even countries from Canada to Costa Rica and beyond, the question wasn’t so much about ‘why’ the U.S. should be providing health care, but, ‘why not?’. This most basic of civil services, with all of its failings, is still a right in much of the civilized world. But, from where I sit in Rome, this is not the issue.
With a Prime Minister as the poster child of that “I could care less” cynicism.
Berlusconi still remains popular for the very chutzpah he shows at every turn – but, at what price, Italy?