Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

The arc of history bends toward coverage: Health policy at a crossroads

March 7, 2018 The Commonwealth Fund

Political scientist James A. Morone teams up with The Commonwealth Fund's President David Blumenthal to look back at the Affordable Care Act's passage through a historical lens, beginning with Harry Truman's proposed universal insurance plan in 1945. "The authors describe a historical pattern: Republicans oppose Democratic proposals, then advocate coverage expansion through private markets and smaller government programs. Democrats in turn absorb some elements of the latest GOP plan, prodding Republicans to develop fresh ideas."

The arc of history bends toward coverage: Health policy at a crossroads (written by James A. Morone) – The Commonwealth Fund