Listing of Congressional Hearings on National Healthcare
Extensive Congressional hearings were held on national healthcare reform during the two periods when legislation was most likely to pass - during President Harry Truman's push for national healthcare during the 1940s, and during the 1970s when Senator Ted Kennedy was pushing single-payer healthcare and President Nixon proposed a universal plan based on employer mandates and subsidized care for the unemployed and underemployed. The Congressional Records of these hearings - included in the linked pages below - provide a remarkable window into the politics of the era, and the coalitions that formed in support of and opposition to single-payer healthcare.
A more complete record of the history of national single-payer legislation can be found in our timeline of national single-payer legislation from the 1940s through the present, a graph of growing sponsorship levels of single-payer legislation since the 1970s, and a sortable listing of single-payer bills.
|Year(s)||Bill #s||Host||Hearing Subject|
|1939||S. 1620||Senate Committee on Education and Labor||National Health Program|
|1946||S. 1606||Senate Committee on Education and Labor||National Health Program|
|1947||S. 545, S. 1320||Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare||National Health Program|
|1949||S. 1106, S. 1456, S. 1581, S. 1679||Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare||National Health Program|
|1971||S. 3, S. 836||Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare||Health Care Crisis in America|
|1971||H.R. 22||House Committee on Ways and Means||National Health Insurance Proposals|
|1971||S. 3, S. 836||Senate Committee on Finance||National Health Insurance|