"The United States is the only developed nation that does not have a comprehensive national healthcare plan for all its citizens, and Obama campaigned on a promise to offer affordable healthcare to all Americans. However, the recession and a deepening budget deficit have made it difficult to win support for costly new programs."
Why the passive voice?
The budget deficit hasn't been "deepening" by itself.
Elected leaders - - the president and congress - - "deepened" the budget deficit with a too large, pork laden stimulus bill and multi billion (trillion?) dollar bailouts of Wall Street and Detroit. Obama, Pelosi, Reid, et al. spent trillions of dollars they didn't have in the first few months of this administration.
Now, they can't convince enough people that there's enough money left over to comfortably fund "health insurance reform". And, we can forget about "universal health care", "single payer" or "medicare for all" for another generation.
To quote our last president, "Heck of a job!"