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September 4, 1943


JAMA. 1943;123(1):36-37. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840360038011

Hearings on the Wagner-Murray-Dingell bill, which was fully analyzed by the Bureau of Legal Medicine and Legislation of the American Medical Association and commented on editorially in The Journal, June 26, will no doubt be held in the near future, probably after Congress has completed the new tax bill. According to the United States News,1 advocates of the expansion program for social security assert that it has caught the popular fancy, that pressure for its adoption is increasing daily, that the plan is a big step toward one of the Four Freedoms of the Atlantic Charter—Freedom from Want—and that Congress would face a storm of public criticism if it failed to approve the main provisions of the plan. On the other hand, opponents assert that the program would constitute a capital levy of ruinous magnitude on United States business, that even with the 12 per cent payroll tax the