As a writer I am drawn to irony the way a fly is drawn to carrion and, coincidentally, the story of how the cost of healthcare came to national attention is full of irony. So today we are going to take a trip to the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in New York where President William McKinley made his last public appearance.

Just coming off a successful land grab in Hawaii and further territorial expansions in the Caribbean and the Philippines as a result of the Spanish War, and as a result of presiding over a positive economic environment; McKinley was one of our more popular presidents.

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