When President Truman addressed the Eighty-First Congress at the opening of its second session he called for, among other things, expansion of hospitals, more doctors, nurses and public health services and the establishment of "a system of medical insurance that will enable all Americans to afford good medical care." While the part of Mr. Truman's message that related to health was comparatively brief, it seemed apparent to most observers that Administration views on expansion of social security and compulsory health taxation programs were not changed from those expressed when this Congress was meeting in its first session.
Various measures were offered to Congress in its first session to advance the "welfare state," but few were passed. However, those concerned with health are of great concern to the medical profession, and physicians should be constantly aware of them and of pending legislation. It was only by last minute, almost heroic efforts
THE SECOND SESSION OF THE EIGHTY-FIRST CONGRESS. JAMA. 1950;142(2):110–111. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910200038011