The 100 Year-Old Debate: How Far Has Health Care Come? The idea of universal health insurance isn't the brainchild of the Obama or Clinton administrations. It started in 1912 when a presidential candidate running under the Bull Moose Party called for insurance for all workers. It was Teddy Roosevelt, trying to regain the presidency.
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The 100 Year-Old Debate: How Far Has Health Care Come?

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The idea of universal health insurance isn't the brainchild of the Obama or Clinton administrations. It started in 1912 when a presidential candidate running under the Bull Moose Party called for insurance for all workers. It was Teddy Roosevelt, trying to regain the presidency. Since then, steps have been made toward universal coverage (along with many other medical innovations), but each president, Democrat or Republican, has either hit roadblocks — or created them.