Why Is It Taking So Long to Reform the US Healthcare System?

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I first came to Washington in the 70s. And I was part of, in the Carter administration national health insurance planning task force, and I left a great job in Boston to come down and do this because I thought that this was the one opportunity in my lifetime to think about a national health system for our country.

Well, I was certainly thinking about that one. Decades later, we got half of what Richard Nixon was proposing well before the Carter administration and they are trying to reverse it. I don't know, it's kind of like, its almost a disease that we can't do the right thing in health care and we can't do what helps people to stay healthy and its just from one extreme to the other, from world child care through end of life care which we do a miserable job.