Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan has said the Turkish government has passed health reforms that could not even be realized by U.S. President Barack Obama.
“Obama tried to carry out a health reform, but the draft law didn’t pass Congress. His mother lost her life because she didn’t have money and could not get medical care. Even Mr. Obama, who experienced this deep sorrow, could not pass a health reform … But we have passed a comprehensive health reform. We never created populism [about the issue],” Babacan said in a televised interview on broadcaster 24 TV on May 18.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
also recently claimed that he once advised Obama to undertake healthcare reforms in the U.S., following a request by American
tourists in Turkey. Erdoğan said his U.S. counterpart “could only solve the issue partly” due to “a negative reflex.”
Speaking in Ankara
back on March 18, the Turkish president suggested that other countries were trying to replicate the success of the Turkish model.
“I once attended a Friday prayer at the Sultanahmet
Mosque [in Istanbul]. There were tourists. Some of them knew that I would be visiting the United States the following week. They asked me how we could be so successful in healthcare and wanted me to tell Obama about it,” Erdoğan said.
“I then talked about the issue with Mr. Obama. Of course, the negative reflex there [in the U.S.] made it really hard for him,” he added, saying the U.S. president “could only partly solve the problem.”