Government control of health care has long been the central goal of the progressive project. The idea can be traced back to the efforts of the American Association of Labor Legislation.
Around 1915, the AALL established the progressive narrative that Europe had enlightened social welfare policy, whereas the U.S. was benighted, uncompassionate and politically unsophisticated because we did not emulate Europe’s emerging government-funded health insurance schemes.
On Nov. 14, during what was called his “mea culpa” press conference, President Obama referenced the roots of the progressive struggle when he said: “It took a hundred years for us to even get to the point where we could start talking about and implementing a law to make sure everybody got health insurance.”
The century-long campaign to which he referred, however, was about more than universal health insurance. [Read more...]