Petro’s Healthcare Move Reveals His New Governing Strategy

By Laura Lizarazo

The Colombian president’s intervention into major private health insurers reflects growing frustration over obstacles to his reform agenda.

BOGOTÁ — Since day one at the Casa de Nariño, Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro sought to push a radical transformation of Colombia’s health system. As one of his top priorities, he drove a reform proposal to the legislative power last year, hoping to score a political victory with understandable societal echo. But last week, after a protracted process in Congress that led to a Cabinet purge, senators shelved the bill, dealing a sizable blow to the nation’s first left-leaning president.Against this adverse scenario in Congress—which will likely continue over the rest of his term...

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