Olivier Richomme


Université Lumière Lyon II.
Maître de conférences à l’université Lumière Lyon II. Spécialiste des questions raciales et électorales, il a récemment, co-dirigé avec Vincent Michelot, Le bilan d’Obama (Paris : Presses de Sciences-Po, 2012), et publié De la diversité en Amérique : politiques de représentations des minorités ethno-raciale aux États-Unis (Paris : Presses Universitaires de Paris-Sorbonne, 2013).

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Cycnos | 29.1 - 2013 | Avènement et consolidation de l'État-providence

« Obamacare* »: réforme a minima ou nouvel élan progressiste?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 was not only a major socio-economic evolution, along with a long-time Democratic promise, but it was also the source of the greatest Democratic electoral defeat in decades. This article analyses the reasons why the Democrats defended their health-care reform as a pragmatic, cost-efficient measure and not as a social justice imperative. Cautious and convinced that such a large reform should rest on a broad political base, the Democrats looked in vain for a bipartisan compromise. Constrained by the American institutional framework and a highly polarized electorate, Barack Obama learnt the hard way the limits of a president’s capacity to bring about change. The passage of Obama’s controversial health-care reform illustrates the difficulties for the Democrats to establish a new form of political progressivism in America.

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