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January 18, 1947


JAMA. 1947;133(3):180. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880030034009

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On January 3 Hon. Robert A. Taft, senator from Ohio, spoke over the facilities of the National Broadcasting Company on "A Republican Program." In the course of the address, which appeared later as "Extension of Remarks" in the Congressional Record, Senator Taft referred briefly to the place of health in the program. He-said:

So also in the health field we are proposing a program to assist the states and local governments in making their treatment of the indigent and medically indigent more systematic and complete. We should encourage the formation of plans for voluntary health insurance to be available to those who wish to take it out. On the other hand, we strenuously oppose the Wagner-Murray-Dingell bill, which attempts to impose a complete system of compulsory sickness insurance on all the people in the United States. That plan would tax the people to raise four or five billion dollars a

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