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December 1, 1945

THE PRESIDENT'S NATIONAL HEALTH PROGRAM AND THE NEW WAGNER BILL

JAMA. 1945;129(14):950-953. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860480030009

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Abstract

Last week The Journal published the message sent to Congress on November 19 by President Harry S. Truman submitting a National Health Program. On the same day Senator Wagner of New York introduced for himself and Senator Murray Senate S. 1606, and Congressman Dingell introduced into the House the same version of the new Wagner-Murray-Dingell bill. Obviously a number of conferences between those interested must have preceded the coordinated action that occurred. Senator Wagner accompanied his introduction of the measure with another opening statement, a brief summary of the health provisions and a long series of questions and answers about the prepaid medical care provisions of the National Health Act of 1945. The language of the President in his message to the Congress and of Senator Wagner in his statement to the Senate and the language of the measure itself are the same trite locutions that the advocates of federal

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