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June 23, 1945

Medical News

JAMA. 1945;128(8):604-607. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860250050016

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Compulsory Hospitalization Bill Killed.—  The compulsory hospitalization bill, assembly bill 2201, actively supported by Governor Warren, the C. I. O., the A. F. of L., the Parent-Teachers Association and the League of Women Voters, was killed in the assembly June 5. By a vote of 45 to 32 the assembly refused to override the recommendation of its public health committee and withdraw the bill from that committee. The opposition to the bill was presented by Howard Burrell, chief counsel for the Association of California Hospitals, who declared that the measure would "sovietize" the hospitals of California. Dr. Chester L. Cooley, San Francisco, presented the opposition of the California Medical Association and pointed out that the bill was similar to the original compulsory health insurance bills which had been killed by the assembly. Opposition of business groups was presented by Charles Bayer of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and

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