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If there's one thing all the Democratic candidates agree on, it's that something needs to be done about America's healthcare system

By Aimee Donnellan   January 2008

“I can’t understand why a capitalist country is talking about socialist issues,” said one undecided voter to me at the Iowa caucuses at the beginning of January. But in US politics, socialised healthcare is the issue that just won’t go away.

America is one of the only western industrialised nations not to offer universal healthcare to its citizens. According to the Democratic candidate John Edwards, over half of US bankruptcies are caused by medical expenses, even though two thirds of bankruptcy filers have health insurance. The Democrats have made figures like these the backbone of their political speeches to lure…

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