Yup, I've covered it before: Nixon was a self-proclaimed Keynesian; Nixon proposed a "negative tax" that would effectively reform welfare and still help the poor. Now, I've seen it all. Nixon favored a national health program that offered universal coverage. Here's proof. The principles of it:
First, it offers every American an opportunity to obtain a balanced,
comprehensive range of health insurance benefits;
Second, it will cost no American more than he can afford to pay;
Third, it builds on the strength and diversity of our existing public and
private systems of health financing and harmonizes them into an overall system;
Fourth, it uses public funds only where needed and requires no new Federal
Fifth, it would maintain freedom of choice by patients and ensure that
doctors work for their patient, not for the Federal Government.
Sixth, it encourages more effective use of our health care resources;
And finally, it is organized so that all parties would have a direct stake
in making the system work--consumer, provider, insurer, State governments and
the Federal Government.
If Tricky Dick were running for his old senate seat today, he'd probably either have to run as a democrat, or he'd lose in the primary to someone who has no shame in calling him a socialist. Interesting how the political tides in the Republicanist party have shifted to the extreme.