Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Obama should be applauded

President Barack Obama has given millions of ordinary people around the world hope of better understanding, a better standard of living and increasing respect for their human rights.

It seems barely credible that he is being criticised at home for daring to suggest — in the world’s wealthiest country — the provision of free healthcare for all and most especially for the most socially didadvantaged citizens.

Our national health service has run into difficulties in recent years, but we should be very thankful for it.

President Obama’s proposals are not, as is being suggested, socialism by the back door.

They merely suggest, in a country claiming the moral high ground as a democracy, that there should at least be fair play with equal access for all regarding their healthcare.

The greatest testimony to the life of Senator Edward Kennedy would be a United States national health service which is dedicated to his memory.

DR JOHN ROBB

Portrush

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