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September 15, 1945


JAMA. 1945;129(3):212. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860370034011

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On September 6 President Harry S. Truman sent to the Congress an outline of the executive and legislative program which he considered desirable. He concluded his presentation:

I shall shortly recommend a national health program to provide adequate medical care for all Americans and to protect them from financial loss and hardships resulting from illness and accident. I shall also communicate with the Congress with respect to expanding our social security system and improving our program of education for our citizens.

In the course of his presentation the President referred to several projects of specific interest to the public health. Many of the war agencies are carrying on functions related to medicine and the public health. The President urged that the Congress not yet adopt a resolution proclaiming a termination of the war or the termination of the emergency or the cessation of hostilities, since such a resolution would automatically

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