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Yesterday's news: Advancing the speech

By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor

Please take a moment to read this article from the Washington Post:


Deja vu? A report in the New York Times said: "Tomorrow night, getting right into the thick of the battle," the president would "carry his message to the people in a nationwide television and radio speech" fighting for enactment of his health reform bill, which opponents tagged as "socialized medicine," and "an entering wedge for the takeover of private medicine by the federal government."

The president was John F. Kennedy, the program was Medicare, the Times story was on May 20, 1962. Despite the speech, the effort failed until passage in 1964.

It just goes to show you...

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