Last updated on: 3/10/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Biography

Title:
32nd US President
Position:
Pro to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"
Reasoning:

“We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are…

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment…

All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.”

“State of the Union Address,” presidency.ucsb.edu, Jan. 11, 1944

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care and related issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to health care and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US President, 1933-1945
  • Reelected as US President in 1936, 1940, and 1944

  • Ordered the internment of Japanese Americans with Executive Order 9066, Feb. 19, 1942
  • Signed declaration of war against Germany and Italy, Dec. 11, 1941
  • Signed declaration of war against Japan, Dec. 8, 1941
  • Signed the Lend-Lease Act to provide material aid to Allied nations in World War II, Mar. 11, 1941
  • Enacted legislation to establish the Works Projects Administration (WPA), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Civil Works Administration (CWA), Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Public Works Association (PWA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Home Owners Loan Corporation (HOLC), Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Agriculture Adjustment Administration (AAA), Farm Security Administration (FSA)
  • Enacted the Emergency Banking Act of 1933, National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933, Federal Securities Act of 1933, Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, National Labor Relations Act of 1935, Social Security Act of 1935, Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938
  • Initiated the New Deal during the Great Depression, 1933
  • Governor of New York, 1928
  • Democratic nominee for US Vice President, 1920
  • Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 1913
  • Reelected as State Senator, New York Senate, 1912
  • Elected as State Senator, New York Senate, 1910
  • Passed the bar examination, 1907
Education:
  • Attended Columbia Law School
  • BA, History, Harvard University, 1904
Contact Info:
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Other:
  • Died of a cerebral hemorrhage on Apr. 12, 1945 in Warm Springs, GA
  • Stricken with poliomyelitis, 1921
  • Married Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, a distant cousin and niece of 26th US President Theodore Roosevelt, 1905

  • Born on Jan. 30, 1882 at Hyde Park, NY
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