Saturday, August 15, 2009

National Health Insurance - Harry Truman's Most Bitter Disappointment

"In my message to the Congress of September 6, 1945, there were enumerated in a proposed Economic Bill of Rights certain rights which ought to be assured to every American citizen.

One of them was: "The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health." Another was the "right to adequate protection from the economic fears of . .. sickness ...."

"...We should resolve now that the health of this Nation is a national concern; that financial barriers in the way of attaining health shall be removed; that the health of all its citizens deserves the help of all the Nation. " (see Truman Library)

Truman later wrote: “Democracy thrives on debate and political differences. But I had no patience with the reactionary selfish people and politicians who fought year after year every proposal we made to improve the people’s health. I have had some bitter disappointments as President, but the one that has troubled me most, in a personal way, has been the failure to defeat the organized opposition to a national compulsory health-insurance program. . . . The vast majority of the people have no such organized voice speaking for them.” (Alliance for Democracy)

64 years and counting. This is ridiculous and I've had enough. I'm mad as hell and we shouldn't have to take this anymore.

Catch you later.....


Dede Zimmermann said...

Love it! Dad told me all about this a few weeks back.

Love you!


GOPnot4me said...

The care of the nation's health is, as President Truman said, in the end, a national security issue. People Tea-bagging the townhalls are essentially saying, "Give me Liberty and give me Death."