Thanks to all of you for your thought-provoking comments on what America should do about the millions of people who don’t have health insurance. Newshour’s Saturday programme took a close look at President Obama’s promise to make health care more affordable for everyone. You can listen back here, until 2:00 pm London time on Sunday (just click the “Listen” button on the link, and the discussion is the second half of the hour). And the online debate continues!
Steve in Boston writes: “Hard-working citizens … can barely afford to pay for their own, never mind pay for the insurance of others…. The hard cold fact is that people need to work harder and smarter, and support themselves. Demanding free/cheap health care, easy credit, cheap housing, free this, free that, is selfish, greedy, thoughtless and narcissistic.” But plenty of you disagreed, and believe there is a universal right to health care.
Thank you to our distinguished panel of guests — Professor David Cutler, President Obama’s health reform adviser; New York Times correspondent Reed Abelson; and Dr David McKalip, a practising neurosurgeon in Florida.