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February 15, 1941

National Emergency and Health Insurance

JAMA. 1941;116(7):641. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820070091021

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In the editorial entitled "The National Emergency as a Pretext for Compulsory Health Insurance" in The Journal, January 25, there is in the first sentence of the last paragraph on page 310 an erroneous statement with respect to the number of initiative measures that were before the Washington electorate in the November election. Only three such measures were on the ballot and not "a hundred or more," as stated in the editorial. However, the further statements made in discussing initiative measure 141, the so-called Senior Citizens Grants Act, which was approved by the Washington electorate, are correct. The measure does require the state to provide at the expense of the state medical, hospital, dental and nursing care to persons eligible for the senior citizen grants authorized by the measure. And the ballot title of the measure did not indicate to the voter that he was passing on a measure that

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