getting students to engage the news…
“In July of 1798, Congress passed – and President John Adams signed – “An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen.” The law authorized the creation of a government operated marine hospital service and MANDATED [emphasis mine] that employed sailors be required to purchase health care insurance?”
Well, who knew…we have precedent for mandated health care all the way back in 1798. This article rased a lot of Discussion when it came out earlier last year, and generated a very good follow up article at the Washington Post.
The health care reform debate has the potential to once again become one of the decisive political issue in the presidential election this year because of the Supreme Court’s decision to hear arguments in the case and the schedule of their ruling for sometime this summer, just months before the election.
In that article, Adam Rothman, a history professor at Georgetown University, point out “It’s a good example that the post-revolutionary generation clearly thought that the national government had a role in subsidizing health care.”