Founders Favor Mandated Health Insurance?
(writing in Forbes
) claims: "In July of 1798, Congress passed - and President John Adams signed - "An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seaman". The law authorized the
creation of a government operated marine hospital service and mandated that
employed sailors be required to purchase health care
insurance. Keep in mind that the 5th Congress did not really need to struggle over the
intentions of the drafters of the Constitutions in creating this Act as many of
its members were
the drafters of the Constitution." and concludes:
"Clearly, the nation's founders serving in the 5th Congress, and there were
many of them, believed that mandated health insurance coverage was permitted
within the limits established by our Constitution. The moral to the story is that the political right-wing has to stop
pretending they have the blessings of the Founding Fathers as their excuse to
oppose whatever this president has to offer. History makes it abundantly clear that they do not."
Well, what do you think?
9:46 AM / January 24, 2011