"To Congress this Monday President Truman recommended legislative action on a program which sounded like socialized medicine but which he insisted was not. Its main point: a compulsory national health insurance system to assure prepayment of medical costs under a plan which would leave patients free to choose their own doctors and hospitals. Premiums would be collected as social security taxes are."
The Wagner-Murray-Dingell Bill (1945) was Truman's first attempt to intro-
duce government funding into the medical system.
Exposing the Myth
of Nordic Socialism
President Truman also fiddled around with the possibility of free college - this article can be read here