Universal Healthcare

Universal Healthcare

The U.S. is the only developed nation that doesn’t have a cradle to grave universal health care system.  Several presidents attempted to provide universal healthcare, but every attempt was defeated by industry and conservative opposition. Incremental changes have covered significant segments of the population: Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP. In 2010 that a universal health care bill, the Affordable Care Act, was finally signed into law by President Barack Obama.

Cry Wolf Quotes

And if you like socialized medicine, you will love this government bureaucracy under [then-Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee] Al Gore that will actually cost seniors who get $500 a year in prescription drugs right now -- it will end up costing seniors more money and take away control from those seniors.

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Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), CNN's Crossfire.
08/28/2000 | Full Details | Law(s): Universal Healthcare

The last thing we need is Hillarycare. The last thing we need is socialized medicine.

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Mitt Romney, ABCNews.com.
09/16/2007 | Full Details | Law(s): Universal Healthcare

Not from my point of view….[Clinton] want[s] to move toward mandated government medicine, socialized medicine.

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Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, CNN's The Situation Room.
12/19/2007 | Full Details | Law(s): Universal Healthcare

A piece of the roof came off with Medicare. Now the whole structure [of American Medicine] is threatened as we knew it would be sooner or later….Some people think that people are entitled to health care as a matter of right, whether they work or not. This is just as absurd as saying that food, clothes, and shelter are a matter of right- one step further than that is a revolutionary system bordering on communism.

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Dr. Edward R. Annis, former President of AMA, The New York Times, referring to Senator Edward Kennedy's push for universal healthcare.
10/14/1971 | Full Details | Law(s): Universal Healthcare