19.7: Average Elapsed Time Between Major Windows of Opportunity for Health Reform.

In his latest column the Kaiser Family Foundation’s President and CEO Drew Altman calculates a key number from health reform efforts since World War.

Here is a killer number: 19.7. That’s the average number of years between major attempts at health reform since Harry Truman made health reform a top priority and his plan was branded a socialist plot and soundly defeated in 1950. Altman even produced a chart that chronicles the four major moments of opportunity for health reform from Truman to the present day, as well as some other major legislative successes (Medicare and Medicaid) and failures (Jimmy Carter’s attempt at cost containment) since World War Two.

You can check out Altman’s column and the chart by clicking here.

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