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January 25, 1941

THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY AS A PRETEXT FOR COMPULSORY HEALTH INSURANCE

JAMA. 1941;116(4):310-311. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820040044014

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Abstract

Last week The Journal commented editorially on a recommendation made by Governor Olson of California to the California legislature that California adopt a system of universal compulsory health insurance. That recommendation was apparently based on inadequate study and revealed a failure to appreciate many factors intimately involved in the recommended scheme for medical care. Now comes a recommendation by Governor Lehman of New York in a special message to the New York legislature on January 14, in part as follows:

Your legislative commission on medical care and health insurance will report to you at this session. I repeat again that I am very much in sympathy with the principle of health insurance to take care of the medical and hospital needs of those with subnormal incomes. I hope that in the near future such individuals in our state and throughout the nation will be protected against the hazards of illness

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