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1912: Former President Theodore Roosevelt champions national health
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Former President Theodore Roosevelt champions national health insurance as he tries to ride his progressive Bull Moose Party back to the White House. It's an idea ahead of its time. Health insurance is a rarity and medical fees are relatively low because doctors cannot do much for most patients. But medical breakthroughs are beginning to revolutionize hospitals and drive up costs. Roosevelt loses the race.(Credit: Handout)

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America's health care reform through history

The three days of arguments before the Supreme Court may mark a turning point in a century of debate over what role the government should play in helping all Americans afford medical care. From the AP, a look at the issue through the years.