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Your comments: What next, Mr President?

Barack Obama mid-speech
Obama pledged to make the American healthcare system accessible to all
Thank you for sending us your comments on Panorama: What next, Mr President?

The debate is now closed but a selection of your views are published below.

Panorama: What next, Mr President? was shown on BBC One at 8.30pm on Monday 19 January 2009.

I feel compelled to voice my complete disgust at the deprivation suffered by ordinary people in America in relation to health care, the manipulation and greed practised by the health care industry in America and the fact that money really does buy your health and for some your life, can this really be the land of the free?
Terry McCullough

If the richest country in the world can't look after the healthcare of its own people, what right have they to interfere with any other country? Good luck Mr Obama, you are going to need it!
Laurence Irvine

This program was a travesty of investigative journalism. It was in the Michael Moore mould: decide how you want the viewers to react, gather images that show your enemies in the worst light and your sorrowful victims (always victims!) in the best. FYI I have myself received welfare medicine in the US, and it was 1st class....and no waiting months for treatment as one has to do here. Medical care is a complex problem and deserves better analysis than provided by this program. BBC: you are able to do MUCH better IF YOU WANT!
David Devore

Unfortunately, I only caught the tail end of Panorama this evening. BUT I am totally dismayed and disgusted at the thought that this poor girl, 27 years of age, obviously very loving and caring with four equally loving children and husband, is being denied life. Life to see her children grow, to give them the love, guidance, support and stability that a Mother desires for her children. PURELY because of the greed of mankind. Those denying her and her children the chance of life really should be ashamed AND held accountable. I hope they can sleep. Perhaps the only loss of sleep that will come to them is of the decrease in profits and money in their own pockets. We all know that's what it comes down to.

I am 39 years old and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2004. I take exception to Mr Foster Friess' comments about the British healthcare system and although I admit we have our problems, I think that we are streets ahead compared to the US system. I would challenge him to get a passport and come and see the system that cares for me when I need it especially the Walton Centre in Liverpool and then compare it to the facilities if I moved to the States. "Life is a long lesson in humility". Believe me I am in no way blind to the issues in NHS but it is still better that the American system.
Ann Marie

This is the best Panorama I have seen in many, many years. Finally, the series has got some bite to it - due to talking to people at the sharp end of the American health care system. Congratulations to Hilary Andersson who in my view is the BBC's most fearless reporter working in the tradition of Charles Wheeler. More of this kind of tough, no punches pulled reporting please!
David McQueen


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