History Of Healthcare In America #9: Truman

As it turns out, the idea of universal healthcare goes back all the way to the presidency of Truman. As shown in this video here (with useful content primarily after timestamp 3:20), Truman emphasized the necessity of assuring access to healthcare for all Americans. The dynamic changes that medicine has undergone over the years along with evidence of sustainable nationalized healthcare systems around the world attest to the validity of this idea, leading up to the current enactment of the Affordable Care Act.




Healthcare is one of the hottest topics in discussion today. But how exactly did the American healthcare system come to be? What were some of the dynamic modifications and transformations it went through in order to embody its present form?


Rather than looking at it from a purely chronological and historical perspective, let’s analyze the progression of healthcare from a political viewpoint. The politics and policymaking around this topic has been marked by constant debate and controversy. Our presidents have been some of the most vocal advocates on this matter, shaping the course of healthcare over the past several decades.


Thus, in the course of the next several articles, we will be looking at short clips from presidents, both recent and past (yet undoubtedly notable). My hope is to gain a better understanding of the past, present, and hopefully the future of healthcare. Who knows, we might just find the solution that everyone’s been looking for?


9. Truman



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Yash Pandya

Yash Pandya is a science writer at The "Almost" Doctor's Channel. He is a rising third-year student at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Emergency Medicine with minors in Neuroscience and Chemistry. Yash plans on attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Fall 2016 with guaranteed admission. In addition to the usual humdrum of academic involvement, Yash loves to play Ping Pong, catch up on the latest "Big Bang Theory," and travel. Having lived in India for half his lifetime, Yash aspires to expand his horizons into international healthcare by practicing medicine globally.