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JAMA 100 Years Ago
November 6, 2013

The President’s Program and a Department of Health

JAMA. 2013;310(17):1860. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5393

Originally Published September 27, 1913 | JAMA. 1913;61(13):1050-1051.

President Wilson evidently believes that party platforms are made to be carried out and not merely for the purpose of winning elections. According to Washington newspaper correspondents, it is Mr. Wilson’s intention to carry out the promises of the Baltimore platform during the next session of Congress. A recent dispatch from Washington in the Chicago Tribune says:

“The President has insisted that during the pending special session, the Democrats revise the tariff and reform the currency. This will leave them free during the next session and the regular session a year hence to pass bills strengthening the Sherman law so as to destroy the trust evil, conserving natural resources and granting ultimate independence to the Philippines, providing employees’ compensation within federal jurisdiction, creating reforms in the civil and criminal laws, limiting the amount of campaign contributions and providing publicity before elections, improving and developing the Mississippi River, and establishing a national health service.”