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March 11, 1944

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION CONDEMNS SOCIALIZED MEDICINE

JAMA. 1944;124(11):708-709. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850110032013

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Abstract

Elsewhere in this issue (page 716) appears a report adopted Feb. 28, 1944 by the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association relative to the Wagner-Murray-Dingell bill, generally called the "socialized medicine bill." The report criticizes the proposed legislation because it is "prepared in a form which has become popular in the past ten years, being replete with involvement, cross references, new terminology, percentages and other confusing matters," so that the chapter on socialized medicine leaves the reader in utter confusion as to its meaning. The distinguished lawyers who prepared this statement point out that "no one can estimate how much tax money is involved or how many people are covered" from the face of the bill. Since, however, the bill would propose to include every individual worker and since every family in the United States has at least one and one-half employed working members, the coverage would include

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