The uninsured have weighed on this country fordecades—economically, socially and politically. 

They're a growing demographic that have plagued presidents asfar back Teddy Roosevelt. Others, such as Dwight D. Eisenhower,John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter andBill Clinton have tackled it and failed.

(The two exceptions one might concede would be the passage ofMedicare under Johnson and Social Security under FDR.)

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