The stunning implosion on Friday of the American Health Care Act, the Republican Party’s replacement for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), may have been a defeat for President Trump and his party, but it certainly isn’t the end of the push to reform health care in the United States.
The repeal and replace drama has understandably captivated the American media for weeks. But it isn’t just Americans who are fascinated by the unfolding story. International media outlets have also been covering each moment, as the world watches mostly with what seems to be incredulity. For people living in just about every country making up the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, in which universal health insurance is seen as both a mundane fact of life and practically a right of citizenship, the AHCA proposal is downright odd.
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Danielle Martin, MD, is vice president for medical affairs and health system solutions at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. Her latest book, “Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians,” was published in January.