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December 29, 1951


JAMA. 1951;147(18):1764-1765. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670350044013

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It is not often that a letter is reproduced in its entirety in the editorial pages of The Journal; however, in view of the discussions that have arisen concerning Oscar R. Ewing's advocation of federal intervention in health activities, the readers of this periodical will be interested in the letter reproduced here. Its writer claims that "Each communication receives individual attention and thoughtful consideration," but it is obviously a form letter, with only the date and name of the recipient being typed.



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November 1, 1951

Dear Mr. H....:

This will acknowledge your recent communication concerning the Nation's health. Many comments are received by the President and by the Federal Security Agency which indicate wide interest in the President's health proposals, including national health insurance.

National health insurance is not, as some believe, a proposal for socialized medicine. Socialized medicine or State medicine is a

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