In his latest op-ed on Politix.topics.com, “Is Obamacare Here to Stay?,” ARI fellow Don Watkins asks: What does the history of Social Security tell us about the future of Obamacare?

Upon signing the Social Security Act of 1935, FDR declared that it was “a cornerstone in a structure which is being built but . . . is by no means complete.” It would not be finished, he held, until the government guaranteed Americans a “right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.”


Franklin Roosevelt was unable to complete the structure — he lacked the political support for government to seize control over health care. Barack Obama was determined to finish what his progenitor had started.

You can read the whole thing here.