“A Historical Perspective on Health Care Reform,” Healthcare Business Today

While Obamacare has landed itself on the list of most controversial laws in our nation’s history, the concept of health care reform is certainly not new. In fact, the road to health care reform in America is well-traveled: every American president since the end of World War II has, to some extent, proposed or supported changes to the health care and health care payment systems. 

This article provides a brief overview of history’s most recent attempts to overhaul the American health care system.

The Kennedy Administration (1961 to 1963)

The Kennedy administration proposed the foundation of what would ultimately become Medicare. Under the King-Anderson bill, coverage would be limited to those 65 years of age and older, and be part of the Social Security benefits package. Opposed by the powerful American Medical Association, the bill was defeated in a congressional committee.

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