America and Europe meet midway

Republicans accuse Barack Obama, the US president, of trying to turn the US into Europe. The accusation stings, because the US likes to think of itself as exceptional, and because the charge is not baseless. Comprehensive healthcare reform was indisputably a move in Europe’s direction. Though shy about saying so, many Democrats do want the US to draw closer to the European norm.

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I have been the FT's Washington columnist since April 2007. I moved from Britain to the US in 2005 to write for the Atlantic Monthly and the National Journal after 20 years working at the Economist, most recently as deputy editor. I write mainly about the intersection of politics and economics.

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