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April 28, 1917


Author Affiliations

New York. Executive Secretary, Committee on Social Insurance, Council on Health and Public Instruction, American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(17):1278-1279. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270040266030

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To the Editor:  —Writing on the merits of the present propaganda for compulsory health insurance (The Journal, March 17, 1917, p. 865), Dr. Frederick L. Hoffman, statistician of the Prudential Insurance Company, arrives at the following conclusions:"Thus, briefly restated, organized labor is not in favor of compulsory health insurance, but opposed to it; organized industry and business interests are not in its favor, but opposed to it; and the organized medical profession is not in its favor, but opposed to it."If this is the situation, and if this situation is accepted as decisive and final, then what is the use of even talking about compulsory health insurance any further? A proposal to which all interested parties are opposed should have little chance of realization.Surely the bare fact that a few misguided enthusiasts and fanatics in New York are advocating it would not be responsible for the entire

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