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December 13, 1952


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The President's Commission on Health Needs of the Nation Washington 25, D. C.

JAMA. 1952;150(15):1509-1510. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680150063024

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To the Editor:  —Recently I delivered before the 23rd Annual Scientific Assembly of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia a paper entitled "Mental Processes of the President's Health Commission," which will be published in full in the December issue of that organization's Medical Annals. Since I have often been asked why I accepted the chairmanship of the Health Commission, the following excerpts from that paper may be of interest to the medical profession generally."When the President of the United States called me in last November and asked me to head a Commission to get at the facts involved in the whole health issue, neither he nor I did any pussyfooting. I told the President that I was unalterably opposed to compulsory health insurance, and that I would never be a party to any scheme designed to further such a plan. The President replied that he had made

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