I have had some stormy times as President and have engaged in some vigorous controversies. Democracy thrives on debate and political difference. But I had no patience with the reactionary selfish people and politicians who fought year after year every proposal we made to improve the people's health. I have had some bitter disappointments as President, but the one that has troubled me the most, in a personal way, has been the failure to defeat the organized opposition to a national compulsory health insurance program. But this opposition has only delayed and cannot stop the adoption of an indispensable federal health insurance plan.
— Harry S. Truman (Memoirs, Volume Two)