Now that our good friend Brenda Barton is back in town, I imagine she is here to continue the myths about the Affordable Care Act as another one of Hitler’s socialist inventions. As with gun restrictions in Germany occurring in the 1800s, compulsory health insurance was initiated during that same period long before Hitler’s terror. By early 1900s national health insurance had expanded throughout Europe. By 1940, 27 countries had opted for some form of health insurance.
President Harry Truman believed that the nation’s health was a major national security issue. After the difficulty of raising an armed force during World War II due to many health issues, both physical and mental, President Truman tried to turn his concerns into public policy. He said, *“About 1,200 counties, 40 percent of the total in the country, with some 15,000,000 people have either no local hospital, or none that meets even the minimum standards of national professional associations.”
The threat to American security was illustrated by the fact that more than 5,000,000 young men called to service in World War II were unfit to serve.
“In addition, after actual induction, about a million and a half men had to be discharged from the Army and Navy for physical or mental disability exclusive of wounds; and an equal number had to be treated in the Armed Forces for diseases or defects which existed before induction.”
In 1945 President Truman delivered the first presidential message devoted entirely to American health care. Agree or disagree, it seems rational to want our citizens to be in the best possible health in the event of an attack on our country. I do not believe health care is socialism, simply preparedness.
*Harry S. Truman vs the Medical Lobby, University of Missouri press (1979)
Special Message to the Congress Recommending a Comprehensive Health Program, Nov. 19, 1945.