Missouri's only president, Harry S Truman, first proposed nationalized health care in 1947 and watched as it was derailed by the moneyed interests who were making a killing keeping the system the way it was at that time.
The first step toward making sure everyone was covered came in 1965 when President Lyndon Johnson pushed through Medicare, and that probably would have been followed by coverage for children, and eventually coverage for everyone had he not been sidetracked by Vietnam.
Now, only a few days after the House, by a vote of 220 to 215 passed a health care measure, it looks as if many Democrats are willing to wreck the whole process if insurance will not cover abortions. And, as usual, pushing them all the way are the same groups that provide consistent backing in many of their campaigns:
As usual, we see the arguments being made that a majority of American's believe in "a woman's right to choose." Though I am not altogether certain that is true, I am fairly certain you would not find a majority of Americans who think that a public insurance plan should cover abortions, and you would find a wide majority of people who do not think that the focus on helping people deal with catastrophic illnesses and helping the poor to cover basic health needs should be shifted by the same interest groups who have turned our U. S. Supreme Court nominations into a farce.
After more than six decades of waiting, an opportunity, flawed though it may be, to reform the health care process has arrived. Leave it to the abortion-on-demand supporters to let their selfish, narrow interests stand in the way of helping millions.
(Randy Turner's new book, Newspaper Days, is available at Amazon.com.)