Theodore Roosevelt Was Bullish on Healthcare Insurance

The battle for national healthcare insurance is not new and goes back almost a to the era of President Theodore Roosevelt.
In opening remarks at the March 5 White House conference on healthcare, President Obama gave credit to Roosevelt when he noted that “The problems we face today are a direct consequence of actions that we failed to take yesterday. Since Teddy Roosevelt first called for reform nearly a century ago, we have talked and we have tinkered. We have tried and fallen short, we’ve stalled for time, and again we have failed to act because of Washington politics or industry lobbying.”

071011_nobel_roosevelt_vmed12p_widecPresident Theodore Roosevelt lived during what was known as the Progressive Era. A proponent of health insurance, he believed that a country could be strong only if its people were healthy. Roosevelt’s successors were conservatives, who postponed the kind of leadership that might have involved the government more extensively in managing the nation’s social welfare.

One plank in the Progressive Party 1912 platform – when Roosevelt was the party’s candidate for president — was “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.” The proposed health service was local, not centralized, with employers contributing one third of the cost and workers contributing two-thirds.

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2 Responses to “Theodore Roosevelt Was Bullish on Healthcare Insurance”

  1. Richard says:

    I have to say that Teddy Roosevelt must be admired by his stance for the common citizen and his understanding that this country can only remain strong as long as we protect our civilized country from moral decay. This, by protecting those less able to afford other means to take care of themselves by covering them through a program paid by the majority. If ever there was a reason to be humane to our fellow neighbors this is it. Otherwise we are but a country of brutes. I wish there were more Republican leaders that had the empathy he had for the less fortunate of this country. He was truly progressive and a real patriot for our country.

  2. Alden Fenech says:

    Some genuinely fantastic posts on this website, thanks for contribution. “A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits.” by Woodrow Wilson.

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