Posted by: Rick | Thursday, January 20, 2011

John Adams: Socialist In Chief



It turns out, dear readers, that Obamacare has a very impressive historical pedigree:

Wth July,1798. CHAP. [94.]
An act for the relief of sick and disabled seamen.

§ 1. Be it enacted, Sfc. That from and after the first day of September next, the master or owner of every ship or vessel of the United States, arriving from a foreign port into any port of the United States, shall, before such ship or vessel shall be admitted to an entry, render to the collector a true account of the number of seamen that shall have been employed on board such vessel since she was last entered at any port in the United States, and shall pay, to the said collector, at the rate of twenty cents per month for every seaman so employed; which sum he is hereby authorized to retain out of the wages of such seamen. . . .

§ 3. That it shall be the duty of the several collectors to make a quarterly return of the sums collected by them, respectively, by virtue of this act, to the secretary of the treasury; and the president of the United States is hereby authorized, out of the same, to provide for the temporary relief and maintenance of sick, or disabled seamen, in the hospitals or other proper institutions now established in the several ports of the United States, or in ports where no such institutions exist, then in such other manner as he shall direct: Provided, that the moneys collected in any one district, shall be expended within the same. [Emphasis added]

If this isn’t a “government takeover” of health care, then I’m Todd Palin.  You can read more about the Founding Fathers and their radical left-wing ideology at (of all places!)  It’s fascinating stuff.

(h/t The Stephanie Miller Show)



  1. Why do you go by the username Rick if your Todd Palin?

    This act did not give the government the ability to demand every citizen purchase medical insurance from a private insurer.

    This act only effected those that made the choice to participate in the profession of being a sailor. And all the money collected went to help those that paid. No one got “free” or subsidized care.

    If the Democrats want to tax all citizens an amount to pay for the operation of government hospitals and see how many people will vote for them.

    Instead the Dems play their favorite game, Class Warfare, and tell poorer citizens that the “rich” will be taxed to pay for the healthcare. The Dems know that if they do it the honest way, have everyone pay for it, they would not get support for their plan.

    • 1. The government collects (“confiscates”, in conservative parlance) taxes from seamen.
      2. Seamen are forced to buy health care, whether they want it or not.
      3. Private shipping companies are forced to participate, whether they want to or not.
      4. The federal government administers the program.

      You can split hairs, but this is big government socialist coercion. I like it!

      • If you love socialism so much, why do you live in the United State of America? I hear that socialism is going strong in Vietnam.

  2. Rick, you are the biggest hair splitter.

    The government has the power to lay and collect taxes. Thats constitutional. Laying taxes on specific industries is nothing new, try and start a business and you will find out all the industry specific regulations and taxes you have to meet in order to do business.

    This act from Pres Adams is nothing like Obamacare, no matter how you try to twist it. It only takes a elementary grade level education to understand the differences, my 9 year old spotted the difference the first time she read it.

    I’ll give you progressives credit for trying and I am glad you are finally reading anything written by a president prior to Woodrow Wilson. May I suggest reading the federalist papers.


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