“Personality-based political analysis is always a dubious venture - in my experience, pundits are terrible judges of character.” Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

So Hillary Clinton is officially running, to nobody’s surprise. And you know what’s coming: endless attempts to psychoanalyse the candidate, endles(...)

The only people hurt by health reform are Americans with very high incomes, who have seen their taxes go up, and a  small number of people who have seen their premiums rise because they’re young, healthy and affluent

There’s a lot of fuzzy maths in American politics, but Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, recently set (...)

Roads taken: Denis Sampson

I became a Canadian father long before I settled in Montreal or realised I was creating a new home. My wife and I, both young, had assumed we would(...)

 Barack Obama: it goes without saying the president’s fiscal proposals will be attacked by Republicans. Photograph: John Gress/Reuters

By the time you read this President Barack Obama will have called for a significant increase in spending, reversing the harsh cuts of the past few yea(...)

 In the first State of the Union address after the September 2001 attacks on the US, President George W  Bush branded Iraq, Iran and North Korea as “an axis of evil”, adding that “by seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger”. These words later haunted Republicans after Bush was found to have invaded Iraq on a false premise. File photograph:  Win McNamee/Reuters 2:12

The annual State of the Union speech to the joint session of Congress gives the US president an opportunity to underscore past policy achievements and(...)

CVS Health, the second-largest pharmacy benefits manager in the US, said that it would make Gilead’s drugs, Harvoni and Sovaldi (above), the exclusive option for patients on its commercial drug list.

Gilead Sciences has struck back against its rival AbbVie in a budding marketing war in the United States over costly hepatitis C drugs, winning exc(...)

Medicare is the publicly funded universal healthcare programme delivered by the Australian  Department of Human Services. Temporary visa holders are not eligible, but are entitled entitled to treatment in the public health system for any urgent health issue.

Health If you are moving to Australia on a temporary work or study visa, you won’t be covered by Australia’s public health system Medicare. Tha(...)

Gráinne Ní Shé with her husband Peter Carr and children  Fearghal, Dáithí and Bláithín in Perth, Western Australia

Why did you decide to emigrate?Myself and my husband Peter Carr bought a house in Galway in 2004 as we were starting a family, and thought we would be(...)

“When it comes to ensuring that Americans have access to healthcare, the message of the data is simple: yes, we can.”

So, what do you think about those Medicare numbers? What, you haven’t heard about them? Well, they haven’t been front-page news. But something remarka(...)

US President Barack Obama appointed a special, bipartisan commission to propose solutions to the alleged crisis, and spent much of his first term trying to negotiate a Grand Bargain on the budget with Republicans. Photograph: Bloomberg

For much of the past five years readers of political and economic news were left in little doubt that budget deficits and rising debt were the most i(...)