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  •  Yes, I agree (1+ / 0-)
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    Based on what I've read, it seems that Nixon's universal health care plan failed because Congressional Democrats like Senator Kennedy didn't trust him and insisted on single-payer.

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    by MichaelNY on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 03:08:53 PM PST

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    •  Partly, although... (3+ / 0-)
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      ... Nixon's universal health care proposals also came at major moments of political weakness - first in 1971, when it went nowhere, then a more serious effort in late 1973. That was the effort which Kennedy said he later regretted not supporting. The problem was that the effort was opposed by most Republicans and internally by many in the WH - Nixon was probably sincere in wanting it, but part of the calculation was clearly to sidestep Watergate, and the development of the scandal was a key reason the effort failed.

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