Obamacare, 1932

The following is a passage from Walton H. Hamilton’s dissenting opinion from the Majority Report of the Committee on American Medicine, 1932.  The original source is Medical Care for the American People (The University of Chicago Press, 1932).  I quote the passage as found in The Practical Cogitator, eds. Charles P. Curtis, Jr. and Ferris Greenslet, Third Ed., (Boston:  Houghton Mifflin, 1962), p. 301:

“If we are to make the most of our human resources, for work and for life, it is necessary that our facilities for health shall be just as available for all who need them as are the schools and the churches.  Nor should the matter of a membership in a health service be left to the free choice of the individual.  The ‘reasonable man’ of our ancestors, who was prudent and provident, and would always seek his own best advantage, now lives only as a fiction.  To the myth I should make the concession of a semblance of a choice to mask the fact of compulsion.  The matter has some importance:  business succeeds rather better than the state in imposing its restraints upon individuals, because its imperatives are disguised as choices.  But in essence the opportunity must be compulsory; for men have little capacity to organize in advance the conditions under which they live together; yet, once a new system is established, they easily accommodate their activities to it.”


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