The fractious debate over President Barack Obama’s efforts to reform US healthcare has provoked a transatlantic split, as some of his critics from the American right ridicule the UK’s National Health Service, which some people view as a possible model for the US.
David Cameron, leader of the UK’s opposition Conservative party, on Friday added his voice to that of Gordon Brown, the Labour prime minister, in defending the NHS from US criticism, saying Britons were proud of the service. Mr Brown’s intervention on the Twitter social networking site came as some Republicans used the NHS as an example of the potential pitfalls facing Mr Obama as the US president tries to push through a healthcare reform bill. What do you think about US healthcare reform? Would you rather be sick in the US or in the UK? Click on the “comments” button to join the debate.