Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Important historical videos re: the history of previous healthcare reform attempts

The first video is an achival news clipping record of Nixon's attempt at reform in 1973
The second is Clinton's healthcare reform speech to Congress in 1993
To those who say what's the hurry and we're moving too fast in our current efforts to reform healthcare- these videos speak to the fact that we have been chewing on this issue for far too long. They speak to "woulda, coulda, shoulda", and that the current opposition's pushback is "same shit ,different day". They tell us that pushing off to the future a yet more expensive and more broken system to yet another generation is a dereliction of our respondsibility. Action is long overdue and it is noteworthy that the cost numbers these historical documents cite that were used as the bullets that killed earlier reform efforts seem like such a bargain considering what the delays have cost us. It is frustrating to look at these missed opportunities and to ponder where they have brought us.
"Those who do not know the past are doomed to repeat it"- George Santanyana

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