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Playing grainy audiotape from the Nixon White House, Michael Moore claims that HMOs were part of a plot by the then-President to push managed care on the population.
As I write in The Cure, Nixon certainly was a prime mover for popularizing HMOs – but there was no plot, and “recently discovered” audiotape is hardly necessary in understanding the issue.
The HMO Act of 1973 was passed by a bipartisan majority in Congress. Senator Edward Kennedy was a co-sponsor, by the way.
(This post is part of a series that examines key aspects of SiCKO.)
+ May 2009
+ May 2008
+ May 2007