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December 4, 1954


JAMA. 1954;156(14):1333. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950140033014

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Trouble, tragedy, and dissension are the major ingredients in the news today. Little attention is given to activities involving progress and agreement. Health legislation provides a good illustration of that point. During the past year or more the American public has become aware of the fact that the American Medical Association opposed the federal reinsurance proposal, disapproved of two provisions in the Social Security Act amendments, and disagreed with the government policy on medical care for veterans with non-service-connected disabilities. Unfortunately, however, the public is not equally aware that during that same period of time the A. M. A. was giving active support to a large number of constructive legislative proposals involving medicine and health. We believe, therefore, that some long-overdue attention should be paid to the positive side of the record.

That record shows that the A. M. A. supported 11 of the 15 major medical bills that were

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