This address, given at the annual convention of the American Public Health Association on November 7, 1955, brings that point home again, one more time.
Harry S. Truman: “Ten years ago almost to this very day, on November the 19th Nineteen Hundred and Forty-Five, I sent a special message on Health to the Congress of the United States. This message, I believe, was the first transmitted by a President dealing exclusively with the subject of health. I sent that message to Congress because this great nation was doing so little to safeguard its most precious asset, the health and well-being of its citizens.”
And each time the subject was brought up, a wave of "socialism" sprang up from the Big Insurance and Big Pharma sectors. Since 1945 the reasons not to reform Health Care were the same - the Insurance Industry had deep pockets and the ability to play fear and wage hysteria. And each time the reform was defeated.