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December 30, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(27):2420-2421. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800520046011

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On December 22 President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his regular interview with the press, gave definite intimation as to his point of view relative to proposed legislation in the field of health. According to a report from the United Press, he said that the administration is considering a program for federal construction of hospitals in areas where such facilities are lacking, and he intimated that the plan might be recommended to the coming Congress. According to the United Press, he said the program, if undertaken, would start modestly but could be enlarged as desired. No estimate of the cost has been completed, but the President emphasized, says the report, that it would cost less than the more extensive health and school programs proposed in bills introduced by Senators Robert F. Wagner, of New York, and Pat Harrison, of Mississippi.

According to the United Press, his comments indicated that he is

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