“It will be either California or New York who will introduce this system,” said Ban. “Then I think there will be many more states who will try to follow suit. I think that’s an encouraging phenomenon we see.”
... Ban blamed the “sectoral interests” of pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and doctors, “which inhibit the American government” for hindering moves towards a universal health coverage plan.
“Here, the political interest groups are so, so powerful,” Ban said. “Even president, Congress, senators and representatives of the House, they cannot do much so they are easily influenced by these special interest groups.”