would John Adams and Thomas Jefferson count as "Framers"?

Because they were Presidents of the United States and Senate respectively when the 1798 Act for the Relief of Sick & Disabled Seamen was enacted into law. The Act required certain privately employed individuals, in this case seamen, to purchase health insurance. Two hundred and thirteen years ago. In the United States.

Ships would be held in port if the health insurance hadn't been paid by every last crew member. "Socialized medicine" imposed by those dastardly Framers of the Constitution!

Read it and weep, Attorneys General of the several States in particular and would-be health-care reform repealers in general.

[Thanks to The Political Carnival for bringing this item to my attention]

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