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Searching For The Health Fairy In 1994

(Dan Rostenkowski - in 1994 the search for the Health Fairy yielded lumps of coal) Curious, this thing of Deja-vu. The years are different, the pla
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(Dan Rostenkowski - in 1994 the search for the Health Fairy yielded lumps of coal)

Curious, this thing of Deja-vu. The years are different, the players are different, but the words are all the same.

Looking back to 1994, yet another mid-term election year and yet another stab at Universal Healthcare, there is a bizarre echo of arguments and situations almost identical to today, this week - the past six months.

As is evidenced by this report from NPR's Weekend Edition from April 23, 1994 and then-Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Dan Rostenkowski:

Dan Rostenkowski (Chairman: House Ways and Means Committee): “We do have a Truth in Legislating standard to meet, and that requires me to remind you that we still haven’t found the Health Fairy. And we’re not terribly optimistic that we will.”

Even then - and still today. All good intentions, shot down by the Party of No. Sandbags, sleights-of-hand, smokescreens. Seventy years and counting.

Is it ever going to change?

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