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Same healthcare arguments, just decades earlier
Los Angeles Times

President Harry S. Truman is considered the grandfather of universal healthcare, having first proposed it in 1945. “The health of American children, like their education, should be recognized as a definite public responsibility,” he said.

Twenty years later, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare Act into law, he invited Truman, then 81 years old, to be at his side.