Здоровье американской политики

КЭМБРИДЖ. Когда Конгресс Соединённых Штатов одобрил план Барака Обамы по распространению сферы действия здравоохранения почти на всех американцев, то был принят самый важный общественный закон, какой страна не видела с 60-х годов. Хотя республиканская оппозиция ещё сильна, этот закон стал значительной внутриполитической победой Обамы.

Его принятие также имеет более широкие последствия, потому что, как и избирательная кампания Обамы в 2008 году, он ставит вопросы относительно здоровья американской политической системы. В конце концов, когда-то широко утверждалось, что афро-американец не сможет стать президентом без поддержки политической машины.

Недавно многие обозреватели утверждали, что замкнутая политическая система Америки не позволит стране превратить свои огромные властные ресурсы в лидерство. Как заявил недавно один проницательный журналист, «Америка всё ещё имеет средства задуматься о почти любой своей структурной слабости ... использовании энергии, затратах на медицину, правовом воспитании и перемещении рабочей силы, чтобы возродить крепкий средний класс. Это – американская трагедия начала 21 века: полная жизни, самообновляемая культура, которая привлекает таланты со всего мира, и руководящая система, которая всё более похожа на пародию».

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