[Ed. – That explains a lot.]
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he advised President Obama on healthcare reform after some American tourists told him to broach the subject with our commander in chief.
Hurriyet Daily News reported that Erdoğan was speaking at a new healthcare complex in Ankara today when he said he counseled Obama to look to the Turkish model and craft healthcare reform — though there wasn’t an indication of when this conversation took place.
“Once I attended the Friday prayer at the Sultanahmet Mosque [Blue 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 about it to Obama,” Erdoğan said today, according to Hurriyet.
“Indeed, I then talked about the issue with Mr. Obama. Of course, the negative reflex there [in the U.S.] made it really hard for Mr. Obama,” he said, adding that Obama thus “could only solve the problem partly.”
Erdoğan said European countries interested in revising their own healthcare systems visit, “try to take us as a model and build similar systems in their country.”