Blue Skies in Camelot: An Alternate 60's and Beyond

It’s back!

Udall is going to be absurdly effective, isn’t he - anyone who can get universal healthcare through Congress in three months is a force to be reckoned with. I mean, even one of the largest landslides in recent history didn’t manage to get this OTL. Plus, there’s a smattering of Good-Ole-Boys controlling related committees, and getting them to ram it through...

Mo here is putting FDR to shame.
 
It’s back!

Udall is going to be absurdly effective, isn’t he - anyone who can get universal healthcare through Congress in three months is a force to be reckoned with. I mean, even one of the largest landslides in recent history didn’t manage to get this OTL. Plus, there’s a smattering of Good-Ole-Boys controlling related committees, and making them ran it through...

Mo here is putting FDR to shame.
Thank you, @Enigma-Conundrum! :D Part of Mo's ability to be so effective here and pass the Universal Healthcare he wanted so quickly was due to its overwhelming public support in the face of the Great Recession. As many Americans struggle to find employment, the very real prospect of going bankrupt over an injury or bout of sickness has driven many working people to the edge, and demanding change now.
 
Mo Udall's first 100 days have gone perfectly. Really happy that America now finally has heathcare in TTL. Mo Udall is shaping up to possiblybe the next JFK. I already like his foreign policy plans and I'm glad he is prepared to continue to work with the Soviet Union on eliminating nuclear weapons. Excited to see what President Udall is going to do to help fix the Great Recession. Good work Mr President!
 
Thank you, @Enigma-Conundrum! :D Part of Mo's ability to be so effective here and pass the Universal Healthcare he wanted so quickly was due to its overwhelming public support in the face of the Great Recession. As many Americans struggle to find employment, the very real prospect of going bankrupt over an injury or bout of sickness has driven many working people to the edge, and demanding change now.
Oh I’m sorry if that came off overly critical/rude, I definitely buy that Udall could pull it off in the given climate and given his own political abilities - I mean, even as a relatively low-profile Congressman OTL he got a lot done, so his chance in the hot seat would definitely yield a flurry of action, to say the least. Just positively noting his prowess, more or less (also, let me live in the UdallSA, it already sounds wonderful).

Just glad to see one of my favorite TLs back :D
 
Mo Udall's first 100 days have gone perfectly. Really happy that America now finally has heathcare in TTL. Mo Udall is shaping up to possiblybe the next JFK. I already like his foreign policy plans and I'm glad he is prepared to continue to work with the Soviet Union on eliminating nuclear weapons. Excited to see what President Udall is going to do to help fix the Great Recession. Good work Mr President!
Thank you, @Kennedy Forever! :D Mo has definitely landed a monumental achievement here, one which "finishes" the good work, in a sense, which President Kennedy began by creating Medicare and Medicaid in the first place in 1965. I'm so glad you enjoyed the update, and I can't wait to keep things moving.

Oh I’m sorry if that came off overly critical/rude, I definitely buy that Udall could pull it off in the given climate and given his own political abilities - I mean, even as a relatively low-profile Congressman OTL he got a lot done, so his chance in the hot seat would definitely yield a flurry of action, to say the least. Just positively noting his prowess, more or less (also, let me live in the UdallSA, it already sounds wonderful).

Just glad to see one of my favorite TLs back :D
Not at all, @Enigma-Conundrum! :) Please don't apologize, you have nothing to be sorry for. I didn't read your comment that way at all! :D Thank you for your kind words and your excitement at the continuation of the timeline. It seriously makes me so happy to see how much you and the other readers on the board enjoy reading my work. It's one of the highlights of my life, and that's the truth.

And I couldn't agree more about wanting to live in UdallSA (love that name by the way!). Though, I suppose I am a little biased... Cheers for the comment and thanks for reading! :)
 
So what's the pecifics of the Medicare for all Bill? I'd imagine Hyde would have to be included to get people like McCormack to back it and I can't imagine that certain mizers in the party didn't cut some of what the SDUSA was pushing
 
Nice update! Surprised that it was so easy for Udall to get that passed, but I bet he's about to face a tough challenge, probably in the middle East.
 
So what's the pecifics of the Medicare for all Bill? I'd imagine Hyde would have to be included to get people like McCormack to back it and I can't imagine that certain mizers in the party didn't cut some of what the SDUSA was pushing
In broad strokes...

Though Senator Kennedy originally wanted a national health care service which would have no cost sharing, he ended up compromising toward the Javits-inspired Medicare-for-All model when it became clear that through a slight increase in payroll tax, such a plan could be made revenue neutral (which would placate budget hawks in both parties) while still meeting the requirements placed by SecLabor Walter Reuther, the AMA, and other organizations. MoCare as it came to be known, has expanded Medicare into a single payer healthcare plan for all Americans, though it retains Medicare's cost sharing mechanisms (meaning patients will still pay a small co-pay for most specialist appointments, operations, etc.) The law will allow for negotiating the price of prescription drugs, as well as their importation from foreign countries, to keep costs down in that area as well. Obviously, the private insurance industry is furious about the reforms, but their lobby was not powerful enough to stop it, despite their best efforts. From my research, the medical lobby was still powerful in the 70's, but less so than it is today IOTL. Not to mention, ITTL's 1970's Labor Unions and their lobbies are still much more powerful than they are IOTL, meaning they will hold a great deal of sway in helping to get MoCare passed as well.

As for the (very) touchy subject of federal funds being used for abortions... As you have postulated, Mr. President, Representative McCormack (D - NY), Representative Bob Casey (D - PA), Representative Jesse Jackson (D - IL) and other pro-life Democrats would have seen the Hyde Amendment as a natural means of pushing their agenda into the healthcare debate. Unfortunately for them, pro-choice Democrats and Republicans countered that since MoCare effectively eliminates most private insurance (with some limited exceptions), to ban the use of federal funds for abortions here would, de facto make it next to impossible for a large number of women to have access to an abortion at all. While I agree that McCormack and Casey might not have gone for MoCare without Hyde, I could see Jackson prioritizing Universal Health Care over fighting abortion in this particular instance for the time being.

Nice to see this back and great update as usual. Is there an up to date SCOTUS anywhere?
Thank you very much, Your Majesty! :) I would be happy to give a SCOTUS update and will reference them and two of their decisions in a soon to come update. Do you have any specific questions about the Court that I can answer for you in the meantime?

Excellent. See you took elements from Jimmy Carter, if I'm right, walking the parade route, some of the cabinet members, correct?
Thank you, historybuff! :) You're spot on that I've taken some inspiration from OTL's Carter Administration. :D I can definitely see Mo, who's through and through a man of the people, walking the parade route as well.

Nice update! Surprised that it was so easy for Udall to get that passed, but I bet he's about to face a tough challenge, probably in the middle East.
Thanks, @Worffan101! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :) President Udall has one major leg up on OTL's President Carter - he's incredibly well-liked in Washington, works extremely well with Congress (and has plenty of legislative experience, deal-making and so forth), and is great at making the case for his policies directly to the people. He's passionate, but also charismatic.

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Cool, man. Thought those things were some of the things Carter did, and I was right. Also, thanks for the early birthday present, with my birthday being tomorrow. Reply to my PM's, and try to update the letter spin-off as soon as you can as well.
 
Cool, man. Thought those things were some of the things Carter did, and I was right. Also, thanks for the early birthday present, with my birthday being tomorrow. Reply to my PM's, and try to update the letter spin-off as soon as you can as well.
Sure thing. Happy birthday to you! :D I hope you have a great day tomorrow, and today for that matter. My apologies for falling so far behind on Closer to Home. I do still really want to get back to that TL at some point, it's just a matter of finding the right narrative and how to put it together. But if you, or anyone else is interested in contributing to it, I would be more than happy to post it for you.
 
So the butterflies spared Walter Reuther? Or is this a kid of his?
This is the Walter Reuther you're thinking of. :) The butterflies have, in fact, spared him.

@President_Lincoln - that's some utterly fantastic work :D Glad to have you back!

Whatever else he does during his time in the White House, President Udall's going to be remembered for this one...that's one hell of an achievement.
That was a wonderful update @President_Lincoln! Also I wonder how Udall will handle the trouble in Iran’s next door neighbor?
You're both too kind! Thank you for your kind words and support. Udall's big win on healthcare has certainly won the President a ton of clout. Only time will tell, however, if his lofty vision for foreign policy can come to fruition, especially as the Middle East and other regions continue to be complicated by regional conflict.
 
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