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September 26, 1942

ORGANIZATION SECTION

JAMA. 1942;120(4):296-297. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830390046017

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Abstract

MEDICAL LEGISLATION

DISABILITY INSURANCE AND HOSPITAL BENEFITS 

PREPARED BY THE BUREAU OF LEGAL MEDICINE AND LEGISLATION, AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION  In his budget message submitted to the Congress, Jan. 7, 1942, President Roosevelt said in part:"I recommend an increase in the coverage of old age and survivors' insurance, addition of permanent and temporary disability payments and hospitalization payments beyond the present benefit programs, and liberalization and expansion of unemployment compensation in a uniform national system. I suggest that collection of additional contributions be started as soon as possible, to be followed one year later by the operation of the new benefit plans."An editorial comment on the President's recommendation, especially authorized and approved by the Board of Trustees, was published in The Journal, March 7. That statement concluded:"The American people are not averse to immense sacrifice—even to the ultimate sacrifice—if it will win the war. They should not be compelled, in the midst of such sacrifice, to consider radical proposals for changing the whole system of

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