In the fall of 1912 Teddy Roosevelt, the Progressive Party candidate for President, ran on a platform that included government run, “national health insurance”.
“The supreme duty of the Nation is the conservation of human resources through an enlightened measure of social and industrial justice,” the platform said. “We pledge ourselves to work unceasingly in State and Nation for … the protection of home life against the hazards of sickness, irregular employment and old age through the adoption of a system of social insurance adapted to American use.”
He was defeated.
Fast forward nearly 100 years and the “leaders” in Washington continue with their futile attempts to force socialized medicine down the throat of an unwilling American public. You would think that a century filled with failed attempt after failed attempt would signal the Statists to rethink their position, but much like wayward fly banging his head against a clear windowpane, their fruitless efforts persist.