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."