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Role reversal on health care reform

A San Jose Mercury News editorial noted the interesting historical role reversal on health care reform. Nearly 40 years ago, President Nixon argued forcefully for an employer mandate and for government-run insurance pools as an option for those who couldn't obtain private insurance, but the effort was opposed by Sen. Ted Kennedy, who favored a single-payer system. "In the years leading up to his death last week," the editorial said, "Kennedy must have regretted this, as he heard the ideas that Nixon once espoused as conservative doctrine now slandered as socialism when proposed by President Barack Obama."