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Commentary: McConnell's tactics meant to stall health care reform

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling on Congress "to step back, start over and think about incremental changes."

McConnell's desire to slow down on solving a long-standing and rapidly worsening problem makes us wonder when, in McConnell's mind, the health care debate began?

Was it in 1912 when Theodore Roosevelt advocated national health insurance?

Or 1948, when President Harry S. Truman's national health plan got him branded a Bolshevik despite his reasonable assertion that "the health of our people" is our "most valuable natural resource." (It was around this time that a public-relations firm, working for the American Medical Association, coined the term "socialized medicine.")

Maybe it was 1971, when President Richard Nixon advocated a plan remarkably similar to the one now proposed by House Democrats.

Or 1994, when the health insurance industry killed the Clintons' health care plan.

Was McConnell tuned in nine years ago when the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that 533,281 Kentuckians, or 13.3 percent, lacked health insurance?

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