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Timeline Of Healthcare In America

Fierce debate over healthcare policy among Democrats and efforts to erode Obamacare by Republicans continue to shine a spotlight on the state of medical care in the U.S., and it’s important to understand how we got here. The Onion takes a look at the most significant moments in the history of healthcare in America. 


1607-1850:

Pretty much you just died. 


1865:

Slavery abolished, causing many African Americans to lose employer-sponsored health coverage. 


1904:

Clara Barton resigns as president of American Red Cross to accept seat on board of Aetna. 


1922:

Idiot doctor who invented insulin gives it away for free like a fucking chump.


1939:

New Zealand figures out universal healthcare system even though it only 1939. 


1966:

Passage of Medicare and Medicaid inspires millions to cheat system by getting poor or elderly. 


1989:

Dr. Feelgood makes ya feel all right. 


1998:

Aunt Cindy gets into crystals. 


2010:

Affordable Care Act gives millions of Americans immediate access to insurers’ most inventive ways to avoid covering healthcare. 


2019:

Indiana resident Jim Clayborn makes fiscally irresponsible decision to contract colon cancer.