On many issues U.S. and European progressives seem to work on two different planets. Their own national debates seem to carry little similiarities and there are few attempts to get to learn from each other. There are however similarities and comparisons as the healthcare reform debates have shown. Besides somes transnational organizations spanning the world and therefore the Atlantic bring some common discourse to the two respective public fora. The Catholic Church for instance that has played for years an important role in healthcare in European countries, especially Belgium, Germany, Spain and France, and has a definite doctrine on issues directly related to the reform, from the concept of social justice to the concerns about funding abortion.
The Center for American Progress, a center-left think tank close to the Obama administration,has just released an analysis of the approach of the U.S. Catholici church to the reform.
Read it at: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/03/catholic_health.html