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January 26, 1935


JAMA. 1935;104(4):318-320. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760040050014

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The suggestion made by President Roosevelt in June 1934 that the chief objective of the present Congress would be the enactment of legislation leading to greater economic security for the American people began to find its fulfilment on Jan. 17, 1935. On that day he sent to Congress a message relative to unemployment insurance, old age pensions, federal aid to dependent children, the support of existing mothers' pension systems, appropriations for services for the protection and care of homeless, neglected, dependent and crippled children, and finally additional aid by the federal government to state and local public health agencies and for the strengthening of the federal Public Health Service. As was recently pointed out in an editorial in The Journal, the problem of sickness insurance is more difficult. Of this the President has just said specifically:

I am not at this time recommending the adoption of so-called "health insurance," although

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