09/03/2009 03:53 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Blue Dog Leader: Bush Pioneered Socialized Medicine In U.S.

It was President George W. Bush who presided over the largest socialized expansion of government-supported healthcare, Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) asserted Tuesday.

Ross, a leading member of the centrist Blue Dog Democrat coalition on health issues, said that it was Bush, not President Obama, who pioneered the expansion of government's role in healthcare.

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