Monday, August 29, 2011

Congress Passes Socialized Medicine and Mandates Health Insurance -In 1798

What did the Founders know about Founders Intent anyway. They were just a bunch of revolutionaries and, worst of all, liberal.

Congress Passes Socialized Medicine and Mandates Health Insurance -In 1798 - Forbes


The article itself generated sufficient buzz to get picked up over at the Washington Post's blogs where they brought in Adam Rothman, an historian at Georgetown:

"It's a good example that the post-revolutionary generation clearly thought that the national government had a role in subsidizing health care," Rothman says. "That in itself is pretty remarkable and a strong refutation of the basic principles that some Tea Party types offer." 
"You could argue that it's precedent for government run health care," Rothman continues. "This defies a lot of stereotypes about limited government in the early republic."

1 comment:

Kevin Scheunemann said...

Hardly the sweeping act of oppression Obamacare represents.

Back in 1798, the IRS was not quite the monster it is today.

The 1798 bill was not even close to penalizing and leveling fines, like Obamacare, for a U.S. citizen NOT buying something!

It's a dreary prospect...realizing you are no longer a defender of "choice". This is assuming you ever cared about individual choice in the first place.