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March 12, 1955


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1130 Louisiana Ave. Shreveport, La.

JAMA. 1955;157(11):949. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950280073031

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To the Editor:—  I would like to refer to a letter in the Correspondence column of The Journal of Jan. 29, page 468, written by Dr. Henry Rathle in reply to the one entitled "Social Security for Physicians" by Mrs. Florence Chieffo, R.N., in The Journal, Sept. 11, 1954, page 194. I wish to state that I am in hearty agreement with Mrs. Chieffo's statements and feel it would be a grave injustice to shackle physicians with compulsory social security taxation, from which the majority would never get any benefit whatsoever. I believe that the whole structure of social security compulsion is undemocratic and un-American and is in line with other socialistic tendencies of the times, which should be regretted and repulsed by all right thinking men. Compulsory social security, as above stated, is strictly against the principles of democratic government, but voluntary social security for those who desire it

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