'Rough Rider' Sought Universal Health Insurance


Last updated 2/4/2019 at 3:59pm

In 1912, former President Theodore Roosevelt put forth a series of progressive ideas to protect the health and well-being of the American people. At the top of his list stood universal health insurance. Not for the first time was the “Rough Rider” entering dangerous waters when he chose to stand up to the captains of industry, the medical profession and fellow politicians.

During his tenure as a Republican president, Roosevelt refused to turn a blind eye to the health needs of the American people. There were few, if any, regulations until he enacted the Pure Food and Drug Act and t...

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