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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 #sHostHearing Subject
1939S. 1620Senate Committee on Education and LaborNational Health Program
1946S. 1606Senate Committee on Education and LaborNational Health Program
1947S. 545, S. 1320Senate Committee on Labor and Public WelfareNational Health Program
1949S. 1106, S. 1456, S. 1581, S. 1679Senate Committee on Labor and Public WelfareNational Health Program
1971S. 3, S. 836Senate Committee on Labor and Public WelfareHealth Care Crisis in America
1971H.R. 22House Committee on Ways and MeansNational Health Insurance Proposals
1971S. 3, S. 836Senate Committee on FinanceNational Health Insurance


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