They say there's nothing new under the sun. That's certainly truewith health care reform, with proposals from Democrats now runningfor the White House echoing plans pitched by Republican PresidentRichard Nixon back in 1971. Too bad Tricky Dick–sidetracked byWatergate investigations–couldn't get the job done back then. Hewould have spared tens of millions of uninsured Americans a lot ofheartache.

As noted in a Nov. 27 Sacramento Bee article, “Health Care ReformTunes Sound Familiar,” President Nixon introduced his ComprehensiveHealth Insurance Act on Feb. 6, 1974, just days after announcinghis intentions to the public during what turned out to be his finalState of the Union address before being forced out of office.

“I shall propose a sweeping new program that will assurecomprehensive health-insurance protection to millions of Americanswho cannot now obtain it or afford it, with vastly improvedprotection against catastrophic illnesses,” he said at thetime.

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