March 4, 2010

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(Former President Harry Tuman - even out of the White House he was still fighting for Universal Healthcare)

Just how dedicated former President Harry Truman was to the cause of Health Care Reform in this country is easily evidenced by listening to address after address, each year from 1945 through to his last days as President, and beyond that - his message was the same; Health Care was imperative to the millions who couldn't afford it and the millions who were denied it.

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.

And now . . .?

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