I am delighted that US healthcare reform is back on track.

Healthcare is something that we take for granted in the UK. 200 years ago, say,  if you became ill, it was likely that you would just die, even if your condition was curable. In the UK, that is no longer the case, and it is a remarkable achievement. We complain endlessly about this or that minor problem, and that is necessary to make the system ever better. But just occasionally it is worth taking a step back and remembering that our society is at the pinnacle of human achievement so far — if for no other reason than that pretty much everybody has food to eat and somewhere to live, and will be treated if they fall ill.

In the US, however, that is not presently the case. If the reconciliation bill passes the Senate this week, the people of the US will be a step closer to the universal healthcare that we enjoy.