ISTANBUL (AP) — Add Turkey's prime minister to President Barack Obama's allies in a fight over health care which has paralyzed much of the U.S. government.
In a rare comment on U.S. domestic policy, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called Obama's health care law "a beautiful step." He added that "Mr. Obama should be supported."
Obama's 2010 health care law is at the center of a budget standoff in Washington that has led to a partial government shutdown.
In his speech in Ankara, Erdogan said the law benefits those who cannot afford health care and expressed puzzlement that some are trying to block it. Citing a dictum from the Ottoman sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent, Erdogan added that human life should be held above all other interests of the state.