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A view on the vote on the Healthcare Bill from MyDD……

A little bit of a historical view  (and commentary ) on the upcoming Bill from Nathan Empsall @ MyDD.Com…..

How’s this for history? The first black President and the first female Speaker of the House just brought America’s health insurance system from the 19th century to the 21st century, doing what no politician before them was able to achieve.

The new law, while insuring 30 million and lowering the deficit, is not perfect. It does little to address cost containment. It contains a mandate without strong enough subsidies. The Medicare reimbursement issue persists. You might blame Barack Obama for these imperfections. You might say that had he shown more forceful leadership, he would have had a stronger bill. And you might be right. But consider this:

In 1993, President Clinton tried to pass health care reform, and didn’t even get a floor vote.

In 1974, President Nixon tried to pass health care reform, but couldn’t quite close the deal with the late Senator Ted Kennedy.

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson opted to pass Medicare rather than universal coverage, believing it more politically doable.

In 1945, President Truman, like Clinton, proposed universal health care but was unable to get a vote.

In 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt wanted to pass universal health care, but thought it too politically unpopular and didn’t even try.

In 1912, former President Theodore Roosevelt campaigned on the promise of universal health care and couldn’t even recapture the White House.

More…….

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March 22, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. This is the most important progressive victory since the Civil Rights movement
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    Barf.. this bill was a total scam on the “common man”

    Comment by Timothy Peter Leal | March 22, 2010 | Reply

  2. It’s not gonna play like that in the long term TPL…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | March 22, 2010 | Reply

  3. sure it will

    this is a POISONOUS bill that intelligent Democrats rejected

    Comment by Timothy Peter Leal | March 22, 2010 | Reply

  4. TPL……give it up!…move on…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | March 22, 2010 | Reply

  5. James – Please don’t copy and paste entire articles from other blogs. Your intentions are appreciated, but that’s copyright infringement. It’s customary just to quote a few highlight paragraphs and link to the rest – that way, the author’s webpage gets the traffic for the author’s words. The same applies to news articles – some papers come pretty hard after folks who copy too much of an article, even with attribution.

    Thanks, James.

    Comment by Nathan Empsall | March 23, 2010 | Reply

    • Thank You Nathan…I’ll work it the right way from now on…glad to have you visit…..and good piece!…….

      Comment by jamesb101 | March 23, 2010 | Reply

  6. Thank you.

    Comment by Nathan Empsall | March 23, 2010 | Reply

    • Thank you for the info……visit when you can……

      Comment by jamesb101 | March 23, 2010 | Reply


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